Aston Villa's new signing Enda Stevens has described his move to the Premier League club from Shamrock Rovers as 'a dream'.
The 21-year-old left-back is regarded as one for the future having signed a three-and-a-half year deal with the club.
Stevens, who has earned international recognition at under-21 level with the Republic of Ireland, is thoroughly excited about this new stage of his career.
He said: "It's a dream move for me, a dream come true. It was a bit surreal meeting the likes of Shay Given, Richard Dunne and Stephen Ireland.
"They're massive names back home but they have been great in welcoming me to the club and helping me settle in.
"I'm really looking forward to the challenge and my intention is to do as well as I possibly can here. I'm really determined to do that and that's my focus.
"I have to work hard, I need to apply myself and I know I have plenty to learn."
Stevens is impressed by the amount of young players Villa have produced in recent years and he hopes to add his name to that list.
"Aston Villa have a reputation and a tradition of producing top-calibre young players," he added.
"The likes of Ciaran Clark, Marc Albrighton, Barry Bannan, Chris Herd, Gabby Agbonlahor all having come through the Academy and they have been important players in this team."