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New Aston Villa signing says that things need to change at Villa Park

By Harvey Byrne

New Aston Villa signing Tommy Elphick has called on things to change at the club after the Villa Park outfit suffered relegation to the Championship in the recently completed season.

The powerful defender is not planning on an extended stay in the second tier after it was confirmed that he had joined Aston Villa from Premier League side Bournemouth.

The 28-year-old is an experienced campaigner and has enjoyed the feeling of promotion three times, as he won promotion to the Championship with both Brighton and Bournemouth and then a further promotion to the Premier League with the Cherries.

“For me, the last four years or so have been nothing but success,” said the defender to the Birmingham Mail.

“Leaving Bournemouth was difficult but I always wanted to play for a big club. I’m not saying Bournemouth aren’t but it was just really exciting to come here.

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“Things need to change here because there was a lack of guidance last season.

“Sometimes it’s hard to stop losing but with a new manager and new owner it’s exciting times.

“Winning is a habit and with wins comes confidence and then the wins bring you together.

“I know we’ll get this group together.”

Bournemouth reportedly offered Elphick an extension to his existing deal at Vitality Stadium but the length of the new contract was a sticking point for the player.

Elphick was an apprentice at Brighton and made his debut for them in 2005 before joining the Cherries in 2012.

He was hampered by an ankle injury in the recently completed domestic season and made only 14 appearances for the Premier League side.

Elphick captained Bournemouth to two promotions – from League One to the Premier League – in the space of three seasons.

In other Aston Villa news, Villa’s new signing Pierluigi Gollini enjoyed his first moments with the club.