MATTHEW Lowton last night insisted he had left Sheffield United with a “heavy heart” after completing his dream move to Aston Villa.
United, who will continue negotiations aimed at signing a Premier League striker on loan over the weekend, parted company with the 23-year-old full-back yesterday after receiving an undisclosed seven-figure sum.
Lowton, who progressed through the ranks at Bramall Lane, follows in the footsteps of fellow Shirecliffe graduates Kyle Walker and Kyle Naughton by joining a top-flight club.
He told The Star: “It was a difficult decision to leave Sheffield United. I had some great times there and I loved every minute of it.
“If you spend 13 or 14 years somewhere it feels like home so I do go with a bit of a heavy heart.
“I was at the club all the way from the age of nine through the youth teams, reserves and into the first team and the club will always be special to me.”
Danny Wilson, the United manager, had hoped to soften the blow of Lowton’s departure by announcing the capture of a new centre-forward.
Although talks with the
player and his parent club have yet to end, all parties involved are understood to be confident of a positive outcome.
Lowton, whose last United appearance was in the League One play-off final at Wembley, admitted he had fulfilled a “boyhood dream” by joining Villa.
He added: “I’m really thankful to Danny Wilson for giving me this chance.”