Centre-half Tommy Elphick became Roberto Di Matteo’s first signing this season as he joined Villa from Bournemouth.
The defender arrived from the Cherries as we look forward to the 2016/17 Championship campaign.
Brighton-born Elphick began his career at hometown club Albion and progressed through the youth ranks.
The 28-year-old spent time on loan at Bognor Regis Town to gain valuable experience.
On the back of this, he was awarded his first professional contract at Brighton in 2006.
He made his Albion debut against Doncaster Rovers in April 2007.Elphick was considered to be one of the Seagulls’ star performers, winning their 2007/08 player of the season award.
He became the first player to be contracted to play at the club's new Falmer Stadium when he signed a new contract in December 2008.
The all-action, committed centre-back helped Gus Poyet’s Brighton secure promotion to the second tier in 2010/11.
A serious achilles injury meant he missed out on the entire 2011/12 season.
After making 182 appearances, he swapped East Sussex for Dorset in August 2012.
Elphick led Bournemouth to back-to-back promotions on the way to the Barclays Premier League.
He played almost every minute of league action during the Sky Bet Championship title-winning campaign in 2014/15 before lifting the trophy on the final day.
Then a troublesome ankle injury limited his 2015/16 Premier League appearances for Eddie Howe’s Cherries to just 14.
He’s looking to make up for lost time – and really push Villa on to better things this coming term.