Lots of Aston Villa fans are not happy about the decision to release Lewis Kinsella

The 21-year-old defender announced on Twitter on Wednesday that he was not being offered a new contract at the relegated club.

Aston Villa have already started making plans for what is likely to be one of the biggest summer shake-ups in their history as they prepare for life in the Championship.

Whilst numerous first-team players and high-earners are certain to leave the club in the transfer window as the fallen club look to cut costs and strip back their squad, one player who is not in their plans is young left-back Lewis Kinsella.

The 21-year-old announced on his personal Twitter account on Wednesday that he had not been offered an extension to the contract which expires at the end of this season and will be moving on to pastures new this summer.

In a message attached to a tweet which said "Thanks for all your support!", he wrote: "Sad to say I have not been offered a new contract and my time at Villa is over.

"Time to go and make a career for myself a prove people wrong! Thanks for all the support, had loads of good moments at Villa, shame it's come to an end but it's time to work hard til the end of the season and over the summer to find a club."

Kinsella never managed to make a senior appearance for the club despite threatening to break into the side when Tim Sherwood first took over from Paul Lambert last year, but he was named on the substitutes bench for several first-team fixtures at the back end of last season.

The left-back spent a stint on loan at Kidderminster Harriers earlier this campaign, where he became something of a fan favourite, but Villa have clearly decided that he does not make the grade required to be kept on for their entrance into the Championship next season.

Villa have developed something of a reputation as a team strong at bringing through academy youngsters in recent years, but they have also let developing talent go on the cheap, such as Premier League and Champions League-winning centre-back Gary Cahill, and Leicester's title-winning star Marc Albrighton.

On Twitter, it's safe to say the main mood amongst Villa fans was one of anger and frustration that another promising player had not been given the chance of a future at the club at such a transitional and unstable time.

However, for some, Kinsella's inability to break through and make his senior debut during a time when talents such as Andre Green, Jordan Lyden, Kevin Toner, and Rushain Hepburn-Murphy have all made their first senior steps was a sign that it was the right decision to release the left-back.

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