Lewis Kinsella to leave Aston Villa

The 21-year-old defender has been released by the club.

Lewis Kinsella has announced on Twitter that he has been released by Aston Villa.

The 21-year-old took to social media to reveal that he has not been offered a new contract as he prepares to leave the club.

The defender had been on the books at the West Midlands club since the age of 16 but, having been farmed out on loan to Luton Town and Kidderminster Harriers over the past two seasons, it has become apparent that first-team chances are unlikely at this stage.

Since returning from relegated Kidderminster, the left-back had been playing with Villa's Under-21s and last night's 3-1 defeat by their Arsenal counterparts at the Emirates represents his final game in the club's colours.

The youngster will be disappointed with the club's decision. With Villa being relegated to the Championship, there's a chance for young players to stand out during pre-season and impress Remi Garde's long-term successor, which has not yet been decided.

Despite never making a senior appearance for the Villa, Kinsella has previously been named in a matchday squad under Tim Sherwood, who obviously saw good things in the youngster. Had Sherwood - who was sacked in October - lasted a little longer then perhaps the youngster might have got a chance to shine.

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