Burnley-bound Matthew Lowton discusses his Aston Villa exit

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The 26-year-old right-back has joined the Championship club on a three-year deal.

Burnley new boy Matthew Lowton insists he had a “fantastic” experience playing for Aston Villa, despite falling down the pecking order during his third and final season at the club.

Lowton, 26, was speaking to burnleyfootball.com after sealing a £1 million move to Turf Moor, where he will look to replace fellow right-back Kieran Trippier, who left for Tottenham Hotspur last week.

The Chesterfield-born defender joined Villa from Sheffield United in the summer of 2012 for around £3 million and went on to start all but one Premier League game during his first season in the Midlands.

He made a further 25 appearances during his second term with the club but then fell out of favour with former manager Paul Lambert ahead of the 2014-15 campaign, as the once-ousted Alan Hutton was brought back into the fold.

The ex-Blades prospect still managed to feature 13 times last term, as defensive injuries saw him start five games at left-back during the run-in, but he failed to edge ahead of either Hutton or the versatile Leandro Bacuna in Tim Sherwood’s long-term plans.

With the new boss since making Micah Richards his first summer signing, Lowton’s exit seemed all but inevitable but, while his Villa career did not go as planned, the Clarets recruit stresses that he still gained valuable experience during his time in the top-flight.

“I had a fantastic experience at Villa and the first season I was there I played pretty much every minute of every game,” he told Burnley’s official website. “I got so much experience up there with the players I played alongside and the managers and coaches.

“Although it hasn’t worked out in the end as much as I would have liked, the experience I have gained there has been priceless and hopefully I can take that into next season.”

 Premier League SeasonGoalsAssistTotal Key PassesPassing AccuracyTotal Crosses GAMETotal Tackles GAMEInterceptions GAMETotal Dribbles GAMEAppearancesMins Played
Matthew Lowton 2012-2013 2 3 21 79% 2.19 2.84 3 1.05 37 3,267
Matthew Lowton 2013-2014 0 3 15 77% 1.7 1.65 1.35 0.57 23 1,663
Matthew Lowton 2014-2015 0 0 5 73% 1.58 1.5 1.33 0.83 12 754

The likes of Derby County, play-off finalists Middlesbrough and Premier League new boys Norwich City were all linked with Lowton’s signature prior to his Burnley move [h/t Telegraph] but he has no doubts over whether he made the right decision to head to Lancashire.

“It’s been a little frustrating lately but the manager here said I’d play a lot of football and I’m really looking forward to getting started,” he added. “I had two years left on my contract, but I haven’t played enough football in the last year and I’ve worked hard growing up to be a footballer.

“There were a few clubs interested, but Burnley belong in the Premier League and hopefully I can come in and help us get back up.”

With Burnley bidding to return to the top-flight at the first of asking, Lowton’s three-year Villa stint should stand him in good stead for next term, when he looks set to get regular minutes for one of the Championship's main promotion contenders.

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