Ross McCormack outlines why he chose to join Aston Villa, talks up club's promotion credentials

Leeds' Ross McCormack

The striker had looked set to join Norwich City before Villa's late interest.

Leeds' Ross McCormack

New Aston Villa signing Ross McCormack has explained to the club's official website that the strength of the club's promotion credentials was the key factor in him ultimately choosing Villa Park over any other destination.

McCormack signed a four-year deal at Villa on Thursday after the relegated club had a £12 million bid for the 29-year-old accepted by Fulham on Wednesday evening.

The Scotland international had looked set to join another relegated club, Norwich City, before Villa launched their own bid earlier this week.

McCormack has now become the club's fourth signing since their drop down to the Championship, as the Birmingham bagged themselves a prolific Championship goalscorer.

Ross McCormack celebrates after scoring the first goal for Fulham

The forward admitted that he chose the move to Villa because of his confidence that the club will win promotion back to the Premier League at the first attempt, and admitted that he cannot wait to be a part of their push.

McCormack told avfc.co.uk: "This is a great club and it’s very exciting to be part of this project to put the club back where it belongs, which is the Premier League. When you hear the name Aston Villa, the first thing that comes into your head is ‘Premier League club’.

"I’ve spoken with the coaching staff at length and they say there’s a solidarity in the changing room that’s increasing all the time. My talks with the manager have been very positive – nothing about the past and all about the ‘here and now’.

Ross McCormack celebrates after scoring the first goal for Fulham

"There’s a chance to be part of the history of this great football club by putting it back where it belongs. I wouldn’t be here if I didn’t believe we could achieve promotion. I have had other options, as everyone knows, but I see this as an exciting project that I can help with."

Villa will be desperate to see McCormack reproduce the form which has set the Championship alight in recent years.

The former Rangers man has scored at least 17 goals in five of his seven seasons in the English second tier with Cardiff, Leeds United, and Fulham, and netted 38 in 83 league games for the Craven Cottage side.

McCormack will join Rudy Gestede, who netted 33 in 66 league games for Blackburn Rovers before moving to Villa Park, as Villa looks to assemble a lethal Championship strikeforce.

Ross McCormack celebrates after scoring the first goal for Fulham

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