The Football League Paper - - NEWS - By Dan Barnes

HE MAY have been some­thing of a spec­ta­tor as Wolves won the Cham­pi­onship last term but Kortney Hause is hop­ing to bring proven pro­mo­tion pedi­gree to As­ton Villa.

The 23-year-old de­fender be­came Villa’s sec­ond sign­ing of the Jan­uary win­dow in mid­week, Hause join­ing on loan un­til the end of the sea­son.

As Wolves saun­tered to the ti­tle last sea­son, the for­mer Wy­combe man was one of a num­ber of play­ers that found them­selves out in the cold as Nuno Espir­ito Santo stuck with a win­ning for­mula but Hause is hop­ing to play more of a hand­son role as Villa Park chase a re­turn to the big time.

“I didn’t play much but I was in and around it, and I’m sure I can pass on a few things to the boys,” said Hause, who made just one Cham­pi­onship ap­pear­ance for Wolves in 2017-18.

“But to be fair, there’s a lot of ex­pe­ri­ence as well but if I can add to that, great. That’s what I’ll be look­ing to do.

“It’s a very com­pet­i­tive league. It’s pretty much two games ev­ery sin­gle week. I be­lieve there’s no easy game in the Cham­pi­onship.

“I just want to play and play to the best of my abil­ity. I be­lieve I will do that and I’ll help the team for sure.”

Eng­land Un­der-21 de­fender Hause was part of Gareth South­gate’s Toulon tour­na­ment-win­ning side in 2016 along­side new team­mate Jack Gre­al­ish.

And Villa head coach Dean Smith reck­ons that his new re­cruit is made of the right stuff.

He said: “You do a back­ground check on all play­ers you want to bring in – the re­cruit­ment side is a big part of it.

“We have spo­ken to a lot of peo­ple who have worked with him and he has a great ap­ti­tude for learn­ing, and that tells me he can ful­fil his po­ten­tial.”

EA­GER: Kortney Hause

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