Back to the Villa

Volenti client Tommy Elphick has been recalled from his loan deal at Hull City to Aston Villa by manager Dean Smith. The 31-year-old defender arrived at Hull in August and made 18 appearances for the Tigers, scoring one goal.

“Thank you so much to everyone at Hull City for the past few months,” Elphick said. “Being recalled is a result of us all doing well and I hope the good form continues into the new year. Ultimately I’m absolutely delighted to go back to Aston Villa and get going under the new manager and adding to this exciting group of players pushing for another promotion.”

Aston Villa signed Elphick from Bournemouth for £3m in 2016, where he won promotion with the Cherries from League One in 2013 and the Championship in 2015.