Aston Villa boss Martin O'Neill insists Luke Moore can still have a future at Villa Park.
"Because we have taken the option up, it does not mean that during the course of this time that circumstances might change and Luke does consistently well. As things stand, Luke's contract ends in 2009 and he has the entitlement to see the contract through if that is the case and see what happens after that.
"Anything can happen. That is a long, long time in football. If people come in and are worthy of playing in this first team on merit, I would have no qualms about looking at people's contracts whoever they are."