By Danny Wright
Aston Villa striker Harry McKirdy has confirmed that he has agreed terms for a new contract at Villa Park.
McKirdy, 20, announced on his personal Twitter account on Monday afternoon that he is “delighted” to have penned a new deal with the West Midlands side, adding that he is “excited for the next few years”.
— harry mckirdy (@HarryMckirdy) October 9, 2017
Aston Villa confirmed on their official Twitter account that the youngster has extended his deal until the summer of 2019.
— Aston Villa FC (@AVFCOfficial) October 9, 2017
McKirdy is yet to earn a senior appearance for Aston Villa but has been an established member of their Under-23 side in recent seasons.
The young attacker, who can play as a striker or in the No 10 role, spent the first half of the 2016/17 campaign on loan with League Two side Stevenage, earning vital first-team experience which will no doubt have played a crucial role in seeing him land his latest deal.
He made 13 appearances across all competitions with the fourth-tier club, scoring his first two professional goals in the process with his debut league goal coming in a 2-1 win against Mansfield.
Football Insider Verdict
Villa have made good use out of their academy players in the last season or so, especially with the first-team in such a poor state at times. Players like Andre Green and Kienan Davis have recently become established members of Steve Bruce’s side and there’s little doubt that McKirdy will want to follow them into being promoted to the senior squad. McKirdy is clearly rated by the Villa development coaches after handing him this latest deal. His loan spell at Stevenage was pretty solid for a young player getting his first taste of men’s football and perhaps another temporary stint away from Villa in the near future will see his progression continue.
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