Scott Hogan joined us from fellow Championship side Brentford on transfer deadline day but that does not tell the full story of his remarkable career to date.
Born in Salford, a stone’s throw from Old Trafford, Hogan was a sports student at Salford College and featured for the college’s first team.
He was picked up by Rochdale’s academy in 2009 before being released in the 2009/2010 campaign.
A spell at non-league Woodley Sports followed where he netted 21 goals in 27 games.
During his time in non-league, Hogan worked in warehouses, order picking and chemical factories.
He was a team-mate of England forward Jamie Vardy at FC Halifax before joining Stocksbridge Park Steels, another one of Vardy’s former clubs.
Tameside was his next destination where he represented Ashton United and Hyde.
In 2013, fine goalscoring form saw Hogan re-signed by Rochdale penning a two-year deal.
His return to Spotland and professional football started off with a bang and ended with him being named as the club’s Player of the Season. Hogan scored goal of the day on his debut in a 3-0 win, 10 goals in first 20 league games and notched the player of the month for February
He scored 19 goals that season and secured automatic promotion to League One and was named in PFA team of the year and shortlisted for PFA player of the year.
The striker then moved to Championship Brentford where his progress was cruelly hampered by two cruciate ligament injuries.
Despite these huge setbacks, he scored seven goals in his final seven games at the back end of the 2015/16 season and 13 goals in an 18-match spell at the start of this season.
He was also named Championship player of the month in September 2016.
Still only 24, Hogan is relishing the challenge of helping Villa return to the top-flight of English football.