Saturday 25 November 2017

McLeish tells Stevens to show worth

Aston Villa manager Alex McLeish is hoping left-back Enda Stevens can quickly adjust to the demands of the Premier League after completing his move from Shamrock Rovers.

Stevens has become Villa's first capture of this month's transfer window, although he signed a pre-contract last summer to make the move to the Midlands club on a three-and-a-half-year deal.

The Republic of Ireland U21 international was allowed to remain with Rovers for the first half of the campaign and competed in the Europa League.

McLeish said: "It will be nice to have another body in the squad and Enda is a player who has got some potential.


"It is up to Enda to hit the ground running and do well and leave me thinking 'let's get this guy involved'."

Dublin-born Stevens had spells with UCD and St Patrick's Athletic before joining Rovers in December 2009, helping them to win back-to-back league titles.

Stevens said: "It's a dream move for me, a dream come true. It was a bit surreal meeting the likes of Shay Given, Richard Dunne and Stephen Ireland.

"They have been great in welcoming me to the club and helping me to settle in.

"I'm really looking forward to the challenge and my intention is to do as well as I possibly can."

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