Man City days done: Scott Sinclair signs permanent deal for Aston Villa

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Twenty-six year old winger Scott Sinclair’s Manchester City misery is over.

On loan at Aston Villa, Sinclair has decided to stick around now that the Midlands’ club’s Premier League status is safe, set to make a $4 million move once the season ends.

Sinclair  was one of England’s bright lights after coming to Man City from Swansea in 2012. He scored 27 goals for Swans in the Championship and added another 8 when they joined the Premier League.

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But he failed to score in three seasons for City, making just 15 total appearances, and had a rough 8-match loan spell at West Brom last year before finding his footing with Villa this Spring. Two of his three goals have come in the FA Cup run, which is still ongoing.

From AVFC.co.uk:

“I am so happy. We’ve had a fantastic end to the current season – and now I am already looking forward to the new season starting.

“It’s also great for me and the family to be settled now. For every footballer, it’s important to have that stability. I believe that will help me perform better and push on for this great club in the coming years. It’s so much different than when you’re on loan and going here, there and everywhere.

“It was important for the family to have that stability and I’m thrilled it’s with a club like Villa. This is the happiest I have been in a long time. Now it’s about kicking on with my career in claret and blue.”

It’s a good story, if only a positive end to a cautionary tale. The bright lights and big dollars aren’t always the best thing for a career, even if they are for a pocket book.