The defender completed a move to Newcastle United on Wednesday.
Aston Villa's Ciaran Clark
The defender completed a move to Newcastle United on Wednesday, becoming their seventh signing of the summer transfer window.
His departure brings about an end to a 16 year spell with the Villans, having initially joined the club in 2000 and risen through the ranks to become a first team regular.
Everton's Kevin Mirallas and Aston Villa's Ciaran Clark
And commenting on Twitter, he was keen to thank Villa trio Gordan Cowans, Tony McAndrew and Kevin McDonald for the role that they played in his development.
He was also keen to wish the club all the best for the future as they look to make a return to the Premier League next season, against his new side.
I would like to place on record my thanks to everyone who supported me during my 15 years @AVFCOfficial Special mention to Gordan Cowans,— Ciaran Clark (@C___Clark) August 3, 2016
Tony McAndrew and Kevin McDonald who played a huge part in my development from youth team to first team. Last season obviously hurt everyone— Ciaran Clark (@C___Clark) August 3, 2016
associated with the club, but i leave with many more happy memories. I gave my all for the clubbing it will always be special to me.— Ciaran Clark (@C___Clark) August 3, 2016
i will be forever grateful for my time at the club, and i wish everyone @AVFCOfficial the best of luck for the future.— Ciaran Clark (@C___Clark) August 3, 2016
Ciaran Clark celebrates scoring the first goal for Aston Villa
It now remains to be seen what role that Clark has to play Newcastle United’s team next season.
The centre of defence has been a problem area for them for a number of years, but they now have fierce competition for places in the position heading into next season.
With Chancel Mbemba, Jamaal Lascelles, Grant Hanley and now Clark all competing for a starting role, it will be interesting to see what line up Rafa Benitez goes with.
Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez