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CONFIRMED: Bedeau leaves for Villa

31 January 2017

Jacob Bedeau joins Aston Villa for undisclosed fee and moves to Villa Park.

Young defender Jacob Bedeau has joined Championship side Aston Villa after an undisclosed fee was received by the club for his services.
Jacob arrived at the club, after being released by Leyton Orient, at an early age and quickly established himself within the club’s Academy system.  His performances and work ethic saw him stand out to coaching staff and his progress to the Youth team came as no surprise to anyone within the Academy at Carrington.
Progress for the 17-year-old was swift, under the leadership of Ryan Kidd and his coaching team, and he was soon training, and playing, with the First team squad.  Jacob made his first appearance for the senior side as a half time substitute in the recent game with Millwall at Gigg Lane.  His full debut came in the following game when he put in a commanding performance against Bristol Rovers at the Memorial Stadium and since breaking into the side, Jacob has made just seven appearances.  

His move, to Villa Park, sees him become the fifth Academy player to leave the club, for Championship or Premier League sides, in recent times and highlights the levels that the system is now achieving for the club and, with plenty more players coming through the system, bigger clubs are more than paying attention to the Shakers Youth system.
The deal to land Jacob, with clauses in the club’s favour, is not too far short of a new record transfer fee for the club.  The clauses that the club has inserted into the transfer for Jacob’s future career will benefit the club if he continues to progress along his current career path.
All at the club wish Jacob the very best of luck in this next stage of his young career.

For the record, recent academy players to leave the club are Jack Ruddy (Wolves), Ameka Obi (Liverpool), Matt Foulds (Everton), & Stephen Humphries (Fulham).

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