On Saturday morning, Aston Villa fans were greeted by the news that midfielder Conor Hourihane had now signed a new and improved deal at the club.
The 28-year-old made the switch to us from Barnsley for an undisclosed fee back in the January 2017 window and he’s gone to to make 95 starting appearances for us with a further 16 showings from the substitutes bench. In those games, he’s chipped in with 21 goals and 16 assists, and he definitely played his part in our surge to Championship Play-Off success last season.
✍️ We are delighted to announce that @ConorHourihane has put pen-to-paper on a new contract!
— Aston Villa (@AVFCOfficial) July 13, 2019
With our promotion, it means the Republic of Ireland international has seen himself rise from League Two into the Premier League in just five years.
Speaking to the Official Site as the deal was announced, Hourihane explained.
“I’m absolutely delighted. It’s exciting times for the club with us moving into the Premier League. I’ve waited all my career for the opportunity to play at this level and the time has now arrived. I’m really looking forward to the season ahead. It’s a big period for me personally as I’ve come all the way from League Two to reach the top. I’m glad to sign and look forward to being here for seasons ahead.”
Villa have unfortunately continued their trend of not always stating how long a new contract actually lasts for, but I would guess this would be a two or three year deal.
Vital Villa’s Forum Thread For Conor Hourihane.
Well done Conor fully deserved!
— andy (@andy59967602) July 13, 2019
Nice one Conor ????????????????????????????????????
— GIGBUDDY23 (@GIGBUDDY23) July 13, 2019
Amazing News !!!
— Spencer Waller (@SJ_AV81) July 13, 2019
— Matt Lynch (@mattlyynch) July 13, 2019
Great news and well deserved ????
— Kevin Hughes (@KevHughesie) July 13, 2019
Congratulations, @ConorHourihane! ????
Fully deserved! Thanks for everything so far, that wand of a left foot should be a huge asset in the Premier League!#AVFC #fightingirish pic.twitter.com/NRVGgM9FCj
— Phil Roberts (@iamVilla) July 13, 2019