Aston Villa youngster Andre Green speaks of his pride after first-team breakthrough

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The 17-year-old winger made his first two senior appearances for his boyhood club last month.

While Premier League bottom-dwellers Aston Villa have had little to shout about amid their disastrous season, they can at least take some comfort in knowing that their academy is still producing plenty of talent.

Andre Green is the latest hot prospect to emerge on the first-team scene, having made two substitute appearances for the club over recent weeks, and he has told AVTV of his pride at joining the likes of Jack Grealish in the senior squad.

The 17-year-old winger played 29 minutes in last month’s 1-0 loss at Swansea City after earning his professional debut the previous weekend in the 2-0 home defeat to Tottenham Hotspur, and he is now aiming to become a more regular fixture in the side going forward.

"It's been unbelievable,” Green told AVTV. “I’ve been here for so long, it’s unbelievable to break through and have a few experiences with the first-team.

"To start training with the first team was a moment I’ll never forget and my debut the other week was out of this world. As a young kid, everyone wants to be a footballer and dreams of playing in the Premier League.

"I wasn’t expecting to get as long as I did. To get that long was unbelievable. I couldn’t have imagined me doing that until that moment.

“I’ll just take every game as it comes now and train every week the same. Hopefully I can keep in the squad and keep training hard to push and get a start. That would be a dream come true and icing on the cake.”

Hailing from Solihull, Green has been on Villa’s books since the age of nine and signed his first professional contract until 2018 last November after establishing himself as a regular in Gordon Cowans’ Under-21 side.

The promising speedster, who can operate on either wing or up front, also made his first two appearances for England Under-18s last month, coming off the bench for the last 25 minutes of a 3-2 win over Austria before starting a 4-1 thumping of the Republic of Ireland.

With his focus now back on club matters, he will have a prime chance to earn some more first-team minutes over the remaining seven games of the season under caretaker manager Eric Black, which should stand him in great stead for next term.

Villa seem all but certain to drop down to the Championship at this point, and with the squad expected to be overhauled over the summer, the homegrown attacker could have a significant role to fill in the club's bid to bounce back to the top-flight at the first time of asking.

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