Former U-23 captain Jordan Lyden has been told that his contract will not be renewed at Aston Villa after multiple injuries stunted his development as a player. The midfielder confirmed the news via his Instagram account.
Words by Regan Foy (@FindFoy)
In January we reported that former U23 captain Jordan Lyden had returned to the club only to suffer a horrific injury that would be likely to end his Aston Villa career.
Today, in a post on his Instagram, Jordan Lyden confirmed that he would be leaving the club after 14 years playing in Claret and Blue at various levels.
The Perth native first broke onto the scene in Aston Villa’s Premier League relegation season, being played at both right-back and defensive midfielder under French manager Remi Garde, and was perhaps one of the only highlights of the season as fans tipped him for success in the Sky Bet Championship.
Since then however, the midfielder has suffered injury after injury and has struggled to get his career back on track.
Lyden, a former international for Australia at youth level spent the first half of the season on loan at Oldham Athletic, who recently saw manager Paul Scholes resign from the club, allegedly via WhatsApp.
The midfielder impressed at Oldham, and could find himself returning there should the Latics be interested. A number of fans have expressed their admiration for Lyden but their worries surrounding his injury issues.
Other than this, he could return to Australia and try to make a name for himself within the A-Leagues.
In his statement on his Instagram, he said:
“Unfortunately my fourteen years at Aston Villa has come to and end.
I’ve had many ups and downs throughout my time here, but it has been a very enjoyable journey.
I would like to thank every single person involved at the club for helping me to grow as a player, a person and also sticking by me through my injuries.
I wish Aston Villa the very best in reaching their goal of getting back into the Premier League, where the club belongs.
One door closes, another one opens. Now it’s time to start a new chapter.”