Bowery excited by the big challenge at Villa

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Aston Villa have confirmed they have completed the signing of Chesterfield striker Jordan Bowery for an undisclosed fee on a three-year contract.

Villa boss Paul Lambert said: “Jordan is a good player. The hunger will be there for him and he could surprise a few people.

“He’s a good lad, strong and powerful. He’s played over 100 games in the Football League and cup football, so he’s battle-hardened.

“He’s one for the future but if he steps up to the plate like I think he can, then I would have no hesitation in throwing him in, none whatsoever.”

Bowery penned a three-year deal after agreeing personal terms and passing a medical at the Midlands club.

The 21-year-old enjoyed his most productive season in front of goal last term, notching 12 times to finish as Chesterfield’s top scorer.

He made his debut aged just 17 in 2008 and went on to make 102 appearances for the Spireites, finding the net on 17 occasions.

Bowery said: “This is a Premier League club with so much history, a massive club, and I’m really excited.

“Paul Lambert talked about wanting to bring in young, raw, hungry talent, players who want to improve here and want to get to this level and stay at this level.

“I think that’s what he’s looked at in me.”

Bowery becomes the sixth new signing at Villa this summer a tally which includes ex-Blades right back Matt Lowton.

His father Bert Bowery was also a striker who played for Nottingham Forest under Brian Clough.