Aston Villa defender Ciaran Clark believes that summer signing Ron Vlaar will prove to be an important asset to the team in the upcoming 2012/13 season.
Centre-back Vlaar joined the Villans from Feyenoord this week on a three-year contract.
Clark is looking forward to forging a strong partnership in central defence with the 27-year-old Netherlands international, who he describes as "a top guy".
"It's been good to meet Ron and say hello to him and chat with him," he told Aston Villa's official website. "He's a top guy.
"It will be good to train with him over the weeks and months ahead.
"I am sure he will be a big presence for us at the back. He's a big lad!
"I get the feeling not only will he be trying to stop goals, he'll be attempting to score his fair share too.
"I am sure he will do that. At set-pieces that will be a massive boost for us.
"I'd love to play at the back with him. He's a Dutch international who played in the Euros.
"It would be brilliant to be alongside him in the heart of the defence. Saying that, I'd be happy pairing up with any of the lads - Nathan, Dunnie, Matty. I am just looking to get in there and nail down a position."
Villa will begin their Premier League campaign with an away game against West Ham United on Saturday 18th August.