Rushian Hepburn-Murphy scores U21 brace the day after signing new contract

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The Aston Villa teenager impressed in a friendly outing this week.

Young Aston Villa striker Rushian Hepburn-Murphy has celebrated signing his first professional contract at the club by netting a brace in an under-21 friendly match just 24 hours later.

The 17-year-old put pen to paper on his new deal on Monday, agreeing a two-year contract to continue his development at Villa Park, and the following day he featured for the under-21s against Shrewsbury and prompted netted twice.

Hepburn-Murphy made headlines last season when he came off the substitutes’ bench in a 4-0 victory against Sunderland, becoming the youngest Villa player to ever appear for them during the Premier League era.

Since then he has continued to hone his talents with the under-21s but such is his innate ability that it would be no surprise to see him feature at some point for Tim Sherwood’s first-team as the season progresses.

Following his brace on Tuesday, Hepburn-Murphy took to Twitter to celebrate, writing, “Good to be back playing with the under-21s today in a friendly against Shrewsbury and happy to score two.”

He looks set to score plenty more in the months to come, although in so many ways the hard work has only just begun.

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