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Enda Stevens' days as Villa player look to be over


Enda Stevens

Enda Stevens

Enda Stevens

FORMER Ireland U21 cap Enda Stevens has signalled the end of his Aston Villa career after the defender's loan spell with Doncaster Rovers was extended until the end of the season.

Stevens, 24, joined Villa from Shamrock Rovers in a €350,000 deal at the end of the 2011 League of Ireland season. At the start of his first full season in England he worked his way into the Villa first team, making his debut in a League Cup win over Tranmere Rovers in August 2012 under Paul Lambert, successor to Alex McLeish who had signed the ex-Rovers man, and by November of that year he had clocked up his Premier League debut, Stevens going on to make seven league appearances for Villa that term.

But Lambert did not appear to rate the Irishman and Stevens was sent out on loan, to Notts County, Doncaster, Northampton and Doncaster again. Since his second spell at Doncaster began in November Stevens has impressed in his 11 appearances - most recently in their FA Cup draw last weekend - and Rovers have confirmed that Stevens will see out the season with the Yorkshire club and the player's Villa contract expires in the summer.