Ross McCormack admits his desire to be first choice for Aston Villa free-kick and penalty duties

Leeds' Ross McCormack

The striker is hoping set-pieces will boost his goal tally for his new club.

Leeds' Ross McCormack

New Aston Villa striker Ross McCormack has told the Birmingham Mail that he hopes to boost his firepower in his first season at the club by securing first choice on free-kick and penalty duties.

McCormack joined the relegated side in a £12 million deal earlier this week from Championship rivals Fulham, and is expected to be a spearhead in Roberto di Matteo's attack this term.

The 29-year-old has boasted an impressive goal record at every club he has played for in the English second tier, averaging better than a goal every three games for Cardiff City, Leeds United, and the Cottagers.

Throughout his career, those ratios have been boosted by his prolific record from set-pieces, with the Scot establishing himself as a leading free-kick and penalty taker.

Ross McCormack celebrates after scoring the first goal for Fulham

McCormack hopes to continue that at Villa Park, but admits that he may face a fight to win the right to be the first pick from set-pieces.

He told the Birmingham Mail: "From what I’ve seen and heard I think Gary Gardner is on free-kicks so it might be a bit of a battle! I don’t know who takes the penalties, but I’ll try and get on them!

"The goal is to get the highest level and for me that’s the Premier League. I’m not a young player anymore.

Ross McCormack celebrates after scoring the first goal for Fulham

"I’m in the prime years of my career now and it’s imperative that I try and do something that I can remember when I finish."

Villa will certainly be hoping that McCormack can continue to keep up his impressive scoring record as they look to launch a bid for immediate promotion back to the Premier League.

They kick off their Championship season with a trip to Sheffield Wednesday on Sunday, but with McCormack having only linked up with his new teammates for the first time this week, any involvement at Hillsborough may come too soon for the signing.

Ross McCormack celebrates after scoring the first goal for Fulham


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