James Bree could not hide his delight after arriving from Barnsley on Wednesday.
The full-back has penned a four-and-a-half year-deal in B6.
He admits it was, understandably, a tough decision to leave Oakwell where he progressed through the ranks, but cited the prospect of working under boss Steve Bruce as a key factor in his decision.
Now ready to embark on the latest stage of his career, Bree is determined to help the claret and blues mount a promotion challenge at the business end of the season.
He said: “I’m delighted it’s finally all gone through.
“It’s going to be great to get started to see what I can do for the team.
The prospect of working under Steve Bruce was influential, a big factor.
“It was a tough decision. I’ve been at Barnsley since I was young. I’ve developed there. I know all the staff and all the players. I’m familiar with them.
“It was a tough decision to leave and to leave home but it’s a massive club that I’m joining and hopefully it can make me a better player and I can bring something to this team.
“The prospect of working under Steve Bruce was influential, a big factor. He’s a really nice guy and well thought of by everywhere.
“When I met him I knew he was a manager I wanted to work under straightaway.
“It’s a massive club and belongs in the Premier League. Pushing for promotion is definitely the first thing I want to help the team do. I can’t wait to meet all the lads now.”
Bree’s also relishing the chance to work alongside some of Villa’s experienced professionals.
When asked what the claret and blue faithful can expect from their new man, Bree described himself as a team player.
He added: “I’m someone who likes to get forward with the ball and am quite comfortable in possession.
“I am someone who always works hard and does his best for the group - a team player.
“There are people here who have been in the game a long time such as Mile Jedinak and James Chester.
“Those guys have that experience and a big reputation, they’ll definitely be able to help me along the way.
“Being young, they’ll put their arm around me and guide me if I need any help so that’ll be good.”