Matthew Lowton becomes the Clarets' first summer signing ahead of the 2015/16 Sky Bet Championship campaign.Burnley Football Club have completed the signing of full-back Matthew Lowton from Barclays Premier League side Aston Villa, subject to paperwork.
The 26-year-old has joined the Clarets on a three-year deal after an undisclosed fee was agreed between the two clubs for his services.
Lowton made 82 appearances in all competitions for Villa during his three year spell in the Midlands, with 13 of those coming in the 2014/15 campaign.
And Clarets boss Sean Dyche was delighted to make someone he has been a long-term admirer of his first summer signing at Turf Moor.
He said: “Even back to his days at Sheffield United, I always thought Matt was a very good player and one who I think is motivated to go again.
“He has been at a big club in Aston Villa and wants to get back to the Premier League. The challenge for him now is to play regular first team football and help Burnley Football Club to get back there and we look forward to welcoming him into the group.”
Born in Chesterfield, Lowton joined Sheffield United’s academy in 2004 and progressed through the ranks before breaking into the Blades first team in 2010.
During his time at Bramall Lane, he gained experience out on loan at non-league outfit Sheffield and Hungarian side Ferencvaros, where he made 18 appearances.
He broke into United’s first-team with a string of impressive displays in the 2010-11 season and his first senior goal for the club came against the Clarets in a pulsating 3-3 draw at Bramall Lane in October, 2010.
With the Blades relegated to League One, he became integral to the side and made 55 appearances, as well as contributing 6 goals.
In July 2012, Lowton completed a multi-million pound move to Aston Villa, who were then under the stewardship of Paul Lambert, and made 44 appearances in his debut campaign in all competitions.
He netted his first league goal for the Midlands side in a 2-0 victory over Swansea City, but his time at Villa Park is perhaps best remembered for a phenomenal strike away at Stoke City in the same season.