Aston Villa midfielder quits the club after four years
By Matt Bullin
Aston Villa youngster Rory Hale has become the latest player to leave the club, according to a report.
The midfielder, 20, has ended his four-year spell Villa Park despite being a regular in the development squad this term.
The youngster netted the winner in Villa Under-23s 2-1 win over Wolves in March, and has featured 14 times in the Premier League 2 this season.
The Belfast-born midfielder also recently received his first call-up to the Republic of Ireland Under-21s squad.
Hale, who had been at Villa since he was 16, told the Birmingham Mail of his departure: “I’m a man on a mission. Enjoyed my four years at Villa. Time for a new challenge, the future looks exciting.”
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The 20-year-old is a versatile player and has been utilised in a number of positions for Villa Under-23s this season – slotting in at centre midfield, right midfield and right back.
He has even captained the side on occasion and made 43 appearances in total for the young Villans during his four years at Villa Park.
Hale’s younger brother, Ronan, is also chasing his footballing dream and currently plies his trade at Villa’s rivals, Birmingham City.
The Irishman’s departure comes shortly after John Abdoul revealed he was leaving Villa too, and according to the Birmingham Mail report more exits will be announced imminently.
In other Aston Villa news, here are three things we learned from the Villans’ 1-0 loss to Blackburn.