Rory Hale was a focal point of the U21 midfield throughout the 2015/16 season.
Primarily a central midfielder, he is equally comfortable on either side.
Hale, now 18, is renowned for his all-action committed displays and will be hoping to catch the eye at U21 level once again this coming term.
Belfast born Rory Hale joined Villa at the age of 16.
Throughout 2013/14, he was a regular in Ben Petty and Tony McAndrew's U18 set up.