By Harvey Byrne

Aston Villa defender Kevin Toner  has signed a new two-year contract before moving to League One side Walsall on loan until January, it was announced on Friday.

The Midlands side confirmed on their official Twitter account that the 20-year-old had penned a new contract before securing a four-month loan deal.

The youngster will join Jon Whitney’s side ahead of their clash against Bury on Saturday.

Toner is highly rated at Villa after he joined the club from Irish side Home Farm in 2012, who also brought through former Aston Villa defender Richard Dunne.

The centre-back made four senior appearances for Aston Villa in the Premier League last season, while he also played in six encounters in the National League for Kidderminster Harriers during a one-month loan spell.

The versatile defender can also play at left-back as well as his favoured centre-back position.

Toner may have found first-team opportunities hard to come by at Villa Park this season with Nathan Baker, Jores Okore, Micah Richards, Tommy Elphick, James Chester and Joleon Lescott all ahead of him in the club’s centre-back pecking order.

The eight-time capped Ireland international will be looking to get some vital experience at Walsall, as he prepares to fight for a first team spot after penning a new contract.

In other Aston Villa transfer news, Tony Xia has dismissed the possibility of Villa signing Manchester United goalkeeper Sam Johnstone.