St Patrick’s Athletic have confirmed the signing of defender Kevin Toner from Aston Villa.

The Irish Premier Division side announced on their official Twitter account on Wednesday morning that Toner, 21, had agreed terms to a two year deal.

Toner had spent the first half of this season on loan with League Two side Stevenage, but only managed to make nine first-team appearances across all competitions for them while not starting a single league game since September.

The defender spent over two years on the books at Villa Park but had only played four times in the first-team squad.

He had been sent out on loan to Kidderminster, Walsall, Bradford and Stevenage in that time and now it seems that he has the chance to settle down back in his home nation with St Pat’s, who are gearing up for their next season in the Irish top-flight.

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Toner never seemed like he was cut out to make it in the senior squad for Aston Villa so it is about time that they decided to cash in on him. The defender had not been enjoying his loan spell at Stevenage and was barely getting a game since he was sent off against Yeovil in October. That now appears to be his final game in English league football unless his spell at St Pat’s goes well enough for him to return one day. Steve Bruce still has a bit more work to do in January to remove more deadwood off the books. Financial Fair Play restricted the West Midlands side in the summer and it may do the same again in January unless players are sold first.

In other Aston Villa news, the Villains will offload this £5million in January and a top-flight side is already interested.

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