Helenius feeling at home after encouraging start to Villa life
Nicklas Helenius already feels at home in B6 after an encouraging start to his Villa career.
Helenius netted twice on the club's pre-season trip to Germany before picking up a back injury which ruled him out of the domestic friendlies against Wycombe and Luton.
A productive start in front of goal coupled with the warm welcome he has received from his new team-mates has helped the 6ft 5in striker make a smooth transition to life at Villa.
"I was very happy to get the goals," said Helenius.
"Also it was good to get two headers because it is not the strongest side of my game.
"So it was good to show myself and show the fans that I can score and also with headers.
"It gives you a bit of confidence scoring goals."
Helenius has been impressed with the family environment at Villa's Bodymoor Heath training HQ.
Academy graduates Ciaran Clark and Nathan Baker have been instrumental in helping him settle in, along with the club's player personnel, liaison and welfare officer Lorna McClelland.
"It has been very nice and the lads have taken care of me," he added.
"I feel part of the family. I already feel that which is very nice.
"I have a problem with my back which happened at the training camp in Germany. That's the only bad thing so far.
"But the lads have been great and they are really nice guys.
"I have talked a lot with Nathan Baker and Ciaran Clark because those are the two lads who I sit next to in the dressing room.
"I have asked both of them many questions about many things and they are very nice guys.
"Also Lorna is like my new mum! She has really helped me settle in and find a house and everything.
"It is one big family here and we work together as a team and win and lose as a team. I could feel that from the first day I came."
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