Aston Villa loanee Mitchell Clark looking forward to return under Dean Smith

Mitchell Clark of Aston Villa in action during an Aston Villa training session at the club's training camp on July 11, 2018 in Faro, Portugal.

Clark is currently on loan from Villa at League Two side Port Vale.

Mitchell Clark of Port Vale moves forward with the ball away from Sam Hoskins of Northampton Town during the Sky Bet League Two match between Port Vale and Northampton Town at Vale Park on...

Mitchell Clark has told the Stoke Sentinel that he is looking forward to returning to Aston Villa under new manager Dean Smith, stating that he sees his long-term future with the Championship club.

Clark, 19, has started and finished all 11 of Port Vale's League Two matches this season, playing in four different positions for Neil Aspin's side - right-back, left-back and on both wings.

A prominent member of Villa's second string, Wales youth international Clark has also made one senior appearance - playing 90 minutes of Villa's Carabao Cup 4-1 win over Wigan Athletic last season.

 

This season, he has opted to move out on loan for the first time in his career and it is seemingly proving dividends as he continues to impress. Clark stated that he is hoping he can be in Smith's thinking, by impressing at Vale.

"At the minute I am at Port Vale so I am trying to keep my focus on Vale and, whenever the time comes when I go back to Villa, hopefully I can be in the manager's view," Clark said.

"I know Villa are watching me while I am playing for Vale. I just have to make sure I keep playing well and keep performing for Vale and try to help them get three points every week."

Mitchell Clark of Aston Villa during the Pre-season friendly between AFC Telford United and Aston Villa at New Bucks Head Stadium on July 14, 2018 in Telford, England.

Smith has a big decision to make on Clark's future, with his contract expiring at the end of his loan with Vale. If Clark is to remain at Villa, Smith must extend his current deal.

But Clark is certainly going the right way about it, impressing in England's fourth tier and at just 19 years of age and offering plenty of versatility, Clark could find himself earning a new deal.

Mitchell Clark of Aston Villa in action during an Aston Villa training session at the club's training camp on July 11, 2018 in Faro, Portugal.

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