Torquay United have won the race to sign Aston Villa youngster Jamie Ward.
The 20-year-old was highly sought after following his release from Villa Park at the end of last season.
Former loan club Stockport County and League Two rivals Wrexham were keen on the winger, but Ward has opted to continue his career in South Devon with The Gulls.
The midfielder stated he was impressed by the quality of football that the Plainmoor club played last season.
"A lot of clubs wanted me, but I remember playing against Torquay United when I was on loan at Stockport and I was impressed with the standard of football," Ward told Torquay's official website.
"I believe I can do a good job for the club and that it can help my career."