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Last Updated: Tuesday, 12 February 2008, 18:00 GMT
Teen Delfouneso signs Villa deal
Aston Villa
Aston Villa manager Martin O'Neill has high hopes about Nathan Delfouneso, the latest graduate to roll off the academy production line at Bodymoor Heath.

The young striker has marked his 17th birthday on Saturday by signing his first professional deal, as well as being handed a first-team squad number.

O'Neill said: "His performances in the youth team have been excellent.

"He has trained with the first team and he will continue to do that. But Nathan is very much one for the future."

He does seem like a level-headed young man

Aston Villa boss Martin O'Neill

Delfouneso, who has committed himself to Villa until June 2010, was part of the Villa squad that went to Craven Cottage for Sunday's 2-1 defeat to Fulham.

But O'Neill pointed out that it was purely for experience.

"I thought it would be nice for him to join us at Fulham. He could have a look at it so that if he is pitched in eventually it isn't a surprise to him or more importantly he isn't overawed.

"It's a matter of keeping his feet on the ground but he does seem like a level-headed young man.

"He can play though - make no mistake!"

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