Aston Villa have tied down one of their academy prospects with a long-term deal as Harry McKirdy hopes for the first-team action to follow up soon.

The 20-year-old signed a contract extension with the Championship side recently which will keep him at the club till 2019. Harry signed a new two year deal with the club after completing his loan deal with Stevenage all of the last season.

However, Villa had plans of making their player stay at the club with reports suggesting that the English side were ready to offer McKirdy a new contract as soon as the new season arrived.

The player did not sign the contract at the start, however, the two parties reached an agreement this Monday when the deal was confirmed by the club. Now McKirdy has the chance to prove himself with the team and try to creep into the first team of Steve Bruce.

The 20-year-old has not featured for a single game with the senior side as of yet but has been a regular with the under 23 side of Aston Villa.

McKirdy has been in tremendous form over there and that has been a major factor in the club awarding him a new contract at this point in the season.

The striker is a bit injury prone though with Bruce wanting to test him over extended periods of time so that he can build the kind of endurance required at the highest level.

If he continues to impress with the under 23 side, Bruce is bound to call upon the young talent which the Aston Villa academy is brimming with to the senior side. His first team start does not seem too far now with the club putting the trust in the youngster