Tommy Elphick says he couldn’t wait to sign for Villa when he knew we were interested – and cut short his honeymoon to get the deal done.
Elphick had several days left in Italy with his new wife but elected to fly back to put pen to paper on a contact with the claret and blues.
Our new centre-half is relishing playing for what he readily describes as a "fabulous Club".
He said: "I am absolutely delighted.
"As soon as I heard about Villa’s interest, it’s something that turned my head straight away.
"To be able to come here and represent such a fabulous Club, with such a great history, is going to be a real honour for me.
"I cut my honeymoon short to sign. We had five days left.
"But, to be honest, my wife is very understanding in terms of football. It’s obviously what gives us our living.
To be able to pull on that claret and blue shirt in front of these fans is something I won’t take lightly.
"When a Club like Villa come calling, the least you can do is give up a few days during your honeymoon.
"Why Villa? It’s as soon as you hear the name.
"There’s not been such good times recently. But when you see what they have done over the summer with the new owner, new manager, I didn’t take too much convincing.
"There have been some great, great players play for this Club. To be able to pull on that claret and blue shirt in front of these fans is something I won’t take lightly."
As well as representing Villa, Elphick can’t wait to call Villa Park his home.
He added: "It’s a traditional, historic arena.
"I have been lucky enough to score at the stadium before so hopefully I can add a few more to my tally there in the coming seasons. That would make me very happy.
"It’s a stadium I have admired for a long time. I remember watching FA Cup semi-finals there."