Aston Villa have announced the signing of teenager winger Declan Frith after a successful trial period with the club’s under-23s.
The 19-year-old joins having started the summer at Chelsea before being granted permission to feature for Mark Delaney’s youngsters from September where he made his debut in the 4-2 victory over West Bromwich Albion.
Frith, who initially joined the Blues from Welling United back in May, has featured four times for Villa, playing on the right of an attacking three behind central striker Caleb Chukwuemeka.
The winger, who’s left footed, assisted in his first game against Albion and did so again in the 8-0 thumping of Stoke City while, in the Birmingham Senior Cup, notched a hat-trick in the 6-2 win against Coventry Sphinx.
Frith has now signed permanent forms with Villa’s under-23s, as academy manager Mark Harrison said: “Declan left Chelsea at the end of August and has been on trial with us for a couple of weeks, playing in games against West Bromwich Albion, Coventry Sphinx, Stoke City and Wolves.
“Having performed well he has signed a professional contract. He is a wide attacking player who can play both sides. We look forward to seeing how he develops.”
Frith follows former West Brom man Finley Thorndike in signing terms after a successful trial spell.
Here’s Frith’s player rating from his debut against West Brom last month…
Declan Frith 8
The Chelsea ace, 19, showcased a really positive run early on as he looked to slip in Chukwuemeka. Sent a fizzing effort just wide of Cann’s post. Played Thorndike in for a great chance Villa spurned. Attempted a little too much at times but looked menacing. He’s got great feet while it remains to be seen now if his trial period continues. Came up with an assist for Chukwuemeka’s hat-trick. Frith came on strong as the game wore on. Frith has bags of skill.