James Chester outlines why he still owes one to new Aston Villa teammate Ross McCormack

Manchester United's Jesse Lingard in action with West Brom's James Chester

Chester joined Villa in a £9 million deal on Friday.

Manchester United's Jesse Lingard in action with West Brom's James Chester

New Aston Villa signing James Chester has revealed to the club's official website that he feels as though he still owes new teammate Ross McCormack a thank you for a goal the striker scored three years ago.

Chester joined Villa on Friday in a £9 million from their Birmingham rivals West Bromwich Albion, signing a four-year deal at Villa Park.

At Villa he will line up alongside several players that he has come across in past years of his career, but he was quick to single out one man.

Aston Villa's Ross McCormack reacts after a missed chance

The Wales international admitted that he feels as though he still owes gratitude to McCormack after the striker scored a 90th-minute winner for Leeds United against Watford in the final game of the 2012-13 season to guarantee Chester's then-club, Hull City, promotion to the Premier League.

Chester told avfc.co.uk: "I think once our game was over and we knew there were 15 minutes remaining in the Watford-Leeds game, it was the longest 15 minutes I’ve ever had. There were people hiding in corners, hiding in toilets – they didn’t know where to look.

"But up popped Ross and, as you can imagine, I owe him a big thank-you. That’s not just for the promotion but also for the four good nights out we had after it!

Aston Villa's Ross McCormack in action with Sheffield Wednesday's Tom Lees

"It’s a short career and moments like that don’t tend to happen too often. I have been lucky enough to have a few, including coming off the back of a very special run in the European Championships this summer. It’s nice to have that great feeling and it’s something I want to experience at Aston Villa."

Chester, who will wear the number 12 shirt at Villa, is the second defender to arrive at Villa this season after former Bournemouth captain Tommy Elphick.

Villa's defensive frailties were exposed in brutal fashion in the humiliating 3-1 League Cup defeat to League Two Luton Town on Wednesday, and Chester will fancy his chances of becoming a regular starter for the club.

Wales' James Chester in action with Belgium's Eden Hazard

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