Dawson delighted with decade at Tottenham

The centre-back joined Spurs in January 2005 and has been handed a new three-year deal at White Hart Lane and addresses the need to make amends for the 3-0 loss to West Ham
Michael Dawson has declared his pride at signing a new contract that will take him beyond 10 years at Tottenham.

The Spurs skipper joined from Nottingham Forest in 2005 and has since made 293 appearances in all competitions, winning the club's player of the year award for the 2009-10 season.

Dawson's new three-year deal will see the 29-year-old remain at White Hart Lane until 2016, and he is determined to perform on the pitch in return for his employers' faith.

"I was delighted to be offered the new deal," he told the club's official website. "I thank the chairman, the gaffer and now I've got to go out there, play well and try to repay them.

"I remember the day I signed - or should that be night - deadline day, January 2005, going from the hotel, driving down Luxborough Lane and arriving at Spurs Lodge with Andy Reid. I remember it as if it was yesterday.

“It’s a great football club to be at. I love the club, love the fans, I loved the welcome I received when I first arrived.

"There have been some incredible highs and lows and I've played with some world-class footballers, players like Ledley King, who I learned so much from and took the armband when he retired.

"It's a massive honour to be captain of this football club and hopefully the next three years will be great."

Dawson then addressed the need for Spurs to return to form this weekend against Aston Villa, insisting his side must put right their humiliating 3-0 defeat to West Ham before the international break.

“Football gives you such highs and lows,” he said. “Certainly it leaves me low when you lose a football match and you go over it, and you have to wait two weeks until the next game.

“It’s a long two weeks. The first three days, when I wake up, I think ‘we lost that game’. You have days off and sometimes you think ‘I just want to get in and train’, and when you’re training and you’re in and around the lads of course it’s in the back of your mind.

“I remember every little thing, every little mistake. That’s just the way I am, I like to be perfect, but sometimes it just doesn’t go as well as you would have liked or as well as you dream about it being.

“We’ll be looking to win against Aston Villa when we can get back out there, and put things right from the West Ham game.”