Scott Hogan has left Aston Villa and rejoined rivals Birmingham City.
Words: Regan Foy | @findfoy
Scott Hogan has ended his Aston Villa nightmare by rejoining Second City rivals Birmingham City.
The forward, initially signed by Steve Bruce, has not featured for the club in a competitive game since January 2019. He joined Birmingham City on a loan deal last January and scored seven goals in 1,282 minutes of football at the St. Andrew’s Trillion Trophy Stadium.
He featured regularly during the last pre-season but his role at the club had been severely effected by his failure to recapture previous form under Dean Smith’s tenure.
His time at the club was effectively ended earlier this week when Aston Villa listen Hogan as number ’99’ on the official website, detailing the forward’s lack of importance going forward.
Fans had hoped that Dean Smith would have been able to get the most out of Hogan, who’s stellar form under the former Brentford manager at the Bees caused Aston Villa to spend over £10,000,000 on the Republic of Ireland international.
That was not the case.
The 28-year-old striker has now ended his three-and-a-half-year stay at Villa park by signing a permanent deal on a four-year contract.
The Villa misfit managed ten goals in 61 appearances under two managers for the B6 side, who have managed to recoup some of the transfer fee initially paid for Hogan – but it will not be anywhere near the fee that they paid for him.
It is, however, good to get the forward off the books following the signing of another forward in Ollie Watkins, pushing Hogan further to the back of the queue for game time.
The finances of the deal remain undisclosed.