Aston Villa complete first January transfer window deal

Kerr Smith has signed a new contract with Aston Villa and will join St. Johnstone on loan for the remainder of the season.

 

The 19-year-old joined Villa back in January 2022 from Dundee United, having been with the Scottish Premiership club since the age of seven.

 

He will now return to his homeland to continue his development under St. Johnstone boss Craig Levein.

 

The Saints have struggled so far this campaign and are currently sitting 10th in the Scottish top-flight. Smith is yet to make his senior debut for Villa and has made 11 appearances for the club’s youth teams this term, including eight in Premier League 2 with the last six coming in the starting XI.

 

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The Saints have struggled so far this campaign and are currently sitting 10th in the Scottish top-flight. Smith is yet to make his senior debut for Villa and has made 11 appearances for the club’s youth teams this term, including eight in Premier League 2ith the last six coming with the starting XI.

 

 

Smith is one of a number of youth players who will leave Villa this January to gain experience elsewhere. BirminghamLive spoke to his former Dundee coach Adam Asghar last year.

 

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I first started working with Kerr when I first took this job in February 2019. Kerr would have been 14 years old,” Asghar said.

 

“The funny story with Kerr was that I came in to work with the under-18s, we had a game straight away on the Sunday with the under-17s and I hadn’t actually met him yet, but we were really short on numbers so I had a really quick conversation with Kerr who was a midfielder at the time.

 

 

I said ‘listen, can you go and play centre-back?’ It was the first time I had laid eyes on him in a game against Queen of the South at centre-back.

 

I just knew straight away there was so much potential for growth in that position for sure.

 

“He was strong, physical, really good on the ball being a midfielder stepping out from the back.

 

From there, I had a conversation with Brain Grant and Andy Boldly and said to them that we must develop this boy as a centre-back because he has got all the qualities.

 

“Kerr was a midfielder and a good one at that, we still used him during that period in midfield because of his quality on the ball,

 

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we saw at that point an opportunity to excel his development as a young centre-back because he was very good at what he could do in that position.”

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