With his contract running out in the summer, it may have seemed that Alan Hutton was on the way out of Villa Park.
However, on the back of a strong end of the season, Steve Bruce has been quoted by the Express & Star that he is determined to push for the 33-year-old to be offered a new contract:
“I’ve continued to say this about Alan Hutton. He is everything I enjoy about a player.
“He goes home, is one of the first in, and you can see his fitness levels at 33 are quite remarkable.
“He’s been terrific since I’ve been here. If I get my way there will certainly be a contract offered to him.”
While it had previously been thought that Hutton would only get a new deal if the club was promoted, it appears that Bruce sees the Scottish right-back as integral to the side no matter what division they’re playing in.
Certainly, it would be just rewards for a player who has done his very best to convince fans he is worth sticking around.
He’s been solid whenever called upon on both sides of the defence this season and so to lose him at the end of the year could prove a significant blow in the long-run.
Aston Villa’s push for the play-offs has been driven by a series of mightily impressive defensive displays. While most of the praise has gone to the centre-back pairing of John Terry and James Chester, Alan Hutton has proved himself to be a vital cog in the machine. Even at 33, he is well worth signing for another year.