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Friday 06 July 2012

Aston Villa move for defender Lowton

Versatile 23-year-old becomes Paul Lambert's third signing of the summer

Matthew Lowton has described the prospect of playing in the Premier League as "a dream"

Aston Villa have secured their third summer signing with the capture of defender Matthew Lowton from Sheffield United.

The versatile 23-year-old has signed a four-year deal that will tie him to the Barclays Premier League club until the end of the 2015/16 season.

"He is a bright prospect with the potential to become a really bright prospect for us," said manager Paul Lambert of the player who has become Villa's third signing of the close season after Karim El Ahmadi and Brett Holman.

Lowton was an ever-present for Sheffield United last season, making 52 appearances as Danny Wilson's side narrowly missed out on promotion to the Championship after losing to Huddersfield Town on penalties in the play-off final.

"It's every boy's childhood dream to play in the Premier League and it was one of mine"
- Matthew Lowton

"It's every boy's childhood dream to play in the Premier League and it was one of mine," Lowton told the club's official website.

"This opportunity is fantastic and I thank the manager for giving it to me. Hopefully, I can repay the faith he's shown me and keep going at a higher level.

"Just from driving up to the training ground you can see the difference in the quality of things. The training ground looks spectacular and the pitches look phenomenal. It's a massive club in the Premier League with a big fan base and I'm looking forward to getting to work as soon as a I can.

"I played the majority of last season at right-back but I have played right midfield and central midfield as well. I think my main asset is going forward and my technical ability but obviously I'm going to try and add whatever the manager is after from me. These are exciting times and I can't wait to go out and start playing."

Lambert added: "Matthew is a really talented young player who can bring a lot of things that can benefit the club. He's a good player already and he is only young so he has the potential to be a really good player for us."

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Key Points

  • Aston Villa complete the signing of Matthew Lowton
  • The 23-year-old joins on a four-year contract
  • Lowton can play in various defensive and midfield roles