Aston Villa starlet Rushian Hepburn-Murphy signs new deal

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The 17-year-old is one of the highest-regarded talents at the club.

Aston Villa starlet Rushian Hepburn-Murphy has signed his first professional contract with the club, as confirmed on avfc.co.uk.

The young striker – who turned 17 on Saturday – is one of the highest-rated prospects at the club and has already made his senior debut.

He came on in place of Christian Benteke in last season’s 4-0 win at Sunderland for his sole Villa appearance, becoming the second youngest player in the club’s history - at 16 years and 176 days - in the process.

The academy product has been with the Villans since the age of nine and has represented England at Under-16 and Under-17 age groups.

Villa will be delighted to have secured his services, for the near future at least, with a two-year deal keeping him at the club until he’s 19.

Hepburn-Murphy finished last season as joint top scorer in the Villa youth team and hopes of a first-team breakthrough will be high over the next few years.

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