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    In the week his former defensive partner signed a new contract committing him to the Club until 2016, Ledley King has revealed his thoughts when Michael Dawson first walked through the door at Spurs.

    ‘Daws’ joined us in a double deal with Andy Reid from Forest in January, 2005.

    Since then, he’s been a rock in our defence, a leader and captain, representing the Club with pride and a firm favourite with team-mates and supporters alike – a path Ledley knows all about.

    The pair played together for seven years – barring injury – until Ledley’s retirement at the end of the 2011/2012 campaign.

    Michael always tells the tale of when he first watched Ledley.

    “I was sat up in the Directors’ Box at White Hart Lane in 2005. I remember the game, Portsmouth, and thinking ‘it’s just too easy for this guy’. I was stepping up from the Championship and thinking ‘would I manage it?’”

    But what about Ledley’s thoughts upon Michael’s arrival?

    “When he first came here he was such a young lad,” said Ledley.

    “My first thought was ‘competition’. Any player would look at a player coming into the Club in his position and think ‘I’ve got competition here’. So that was my first thought.

    “Of course, I then got to know him and Michael is a terrific guy, a great personality and an infectious character. It was great to play alongside him and very easy to play alongside him.

    “He’s become a real leader at the club and I’m thrilled he’s going to be here longer, and this new deal will take him beyond 10 years, which is a great achievement.”