Defender Jacob Bedeau arrived from Bury in January 2017 and immediately linked up with Villa’s development set-up.
The highly-rated 17-year-old moved to Villa Park for an undisclosed fee and signed a two-and-a-half-year deal.
The Bodymoor Heath recruitment staff worked tirelessly to secure his signature, beating off competition from North West giants Manchester United, Liverpool and Manchester City.
Bedeau was on Leyton Orient’s books before being released at the end of 2015/16.
His rise over the last six months has been nothing short of remarkable.
League One Bury moved to sign the defender in the close season and he went straight into their youth team.
The centre-back quickly became an integral part of the Shakers’ youth side under the watchful eye of Ryan Kidd, who was promoted to first team duties along with Chris Brass after manager David Flitcroft left in November.
During one of Bedeau's six starts for Bury this season, there were a host of scouts present casting their eye over the defender.
A composed and commanding defender, Bedeau likes to bring the ball out from the back and has excelled in his outings for Bury's first team.