Enckelman pens fresh deal

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ASTON VILLA goalkeeper Peter Enckelman has been rewarded for his impressive displays this season with a lucrative new contract.

The Finnish shot-stopper has penned a deal which ties him to Villa Park until the conclusion of the 2005/06 campaign.

Enckelman has been an imposing figure between the posts for Villa this term after establishing himself as Graham Taylor's first choice.

Despite arriving in the Midlands three-and-a-half years ago, it is only this season Enckelman has gained regular playing time.

The 25-year-old grabbed his chance with both hands after Peter Schmeichel's departure and has kept summer signing Stefan Postma on the bench.

As well as extending Enckelman's stay until 2006, Villa also have a further one-year option.