Aston Villa youngster Toner hungry for more first-team chances

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The defender was given his first-team debut in the loss to Southampton.

Aston Villa youngster Kevin Toner is hungry for more first-team chances in future, he has told the club’s official website.

The defender was handed his senior debut by caretaker manager Eric Black last weekend as he came on at half-time in the loss to Southampton.

He did not look out of place in the heart of the defence either, earning praise from Black for his display.

And he says the chance to impress was a dream come true for him, and he is hungry to ensure that there are more first-team appearances for him in future.

“It was a dream come true to play for the Villa first-team,” he told avfc.co.uk. "You work all your life for that kind of moment. To do it at a young age feels like an achievement for me. I was just so delighted.

“It leaves you hungry for more. All I am concentrating on at the moment is staying in and around the first team group as much as possible.”

Toner may not have long to wait for more opportunities either as the club gets set for a season in the Championship.

Given how poorly the Villa first-team squad have performed this season, there are now calls for the club to instead look to their youth and give them the chance moving forward.

With a vast clear-out of the playing squad expected in the summer also, there may be further opportunities in the first-team next season, although that will depend on who the club hire as their next manager.

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