By Paul Brown
Matthew Lowton admits he's thrilled to follow in the footsteps of "big names" of the past as he gets set for his Villa Park debut against Everton.
Lowton revealed he went on a guided tour of the ground when he joined and he was amazed by the majesty and heritage of the stadium.
Now he's relishing calling it home, starting on Saturday.
He said: "Villa Park is such a fantastic stadium to play football. It will be a privilege to play for such a massive club, with a huge fanbase here.
"I was honoured when I got the phonecall to come and play for a team like this. I never thought it would happen to me.
"Hopefully for the fans we can get off to a winning start at home with a good result against Everton.
"I've never been to a game here before but I'm aware of the history of the place and all of the great names who have played here.
"There will be a few nerves against Everton but I've always wanted to play in front of passionate, knowledgeable supporters and big crowds.
"It gets you up for the game and gives you purpose to get good results."
Lowton is hoping Lambert's Lions can roar at home - and take advantage of the boisterous support.
He added: "We need to make it a fortress this season.
"There are so many positive aspects about the ground with the size and support which we need to use to our advantage.
"When we are at home we need to make the most of it."
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