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Championship boss: I noticed quality of this Aston Villa player when he was in the U-14s

By Harvey Byrne

Barnsley boss Paul Heckingbottom has shared that he first noticed the quality of Aston Villa’s new signing James Bree when he was in the Under-14s.

The 19-year-old defender completed a move from Yorkshire to the Midlands giants on Wednesday, agreeing four and a half year deal.

He has already played in 61 encounters at his young age with 20 of them coming in the Championship this season.

Heckingbottom believes that Villa have obtained a quality young player and speaking on Thursday morning he hoped that he would continue to develop.

Bree is a natural right-back and it is assumed that he will fall into the Aston Villa team ahead of the more experienced Alan Hutton.

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It is Steve Bruce’s first transfer window at the club since taking over from Roberto Di Matteo earlier in the season and he has also signed Henri Lansbury and Birkir Bjarnason alongside Bree.

The experienced boss will now be hoping that the three additions can help Villa to move up from their current 13th placing in the second tier following pre-season hopes of promotion.

Their next match will see them travel to London on Wednesday, where they will face Brentford at Griffin Park.

In other Aston Villa news, Stan Collymore gave his verdict on Villa’s new Icelandic signing.

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