Viljami Sinisalo is looking forward to life at Ayr United after words of encouragement from John McGinn ahead of a move from Aston Villa to the Scottish Championship.
The 18-year-old keeper is regarded as one of the best stopper’s in Europe at his age by Villa. It’s why Somerset Park player-manager Mark Kerr was so keen to get him in, handing the Finnish international the number one shirt for the upcoming campaign.
Having trained with Aston Villa’s first-team for over a year now on top of making himself the club’s regular number one at U23s level, senior experience on the park is what Sinisalo is after at this stage.
Making his debut in a 2-2 friendly draw with Partick Thistle, it was a taste of what Sinisalo can expect at senior level. Speaking after the game, he says that senior exposure is the reason for his Ayr switch as he revealed Scotland international McGinn had words of advice.
“I really enjoyed it, for me as a new player it’s all about building the relationship with the players,” the Aston Villa loanee said of his friendly debut. “It was good and it was quite competitive.
“I’ve really enjoyed it here, the lads have been top class. They’ve really helped me settle in and I can’t wait for the season to start on Tuesday. I’m really looking forward to that.
“I’m only 18 so for my career plan it is massive to get these experiences out on loan and play competitive football. It’s completely different to U23s and I’m looking forward to getting these experiences.
“I spoke to John McGinn and he also spoke to the gaffer as well. It was really nice to get some encouraging words from a seasoned pro like him.
“I’ve been with the first team at Aston Villa for a good 18 months so I feel like I’ve developed as a player. It’s been great to train with the players Villa have and see the quality that everyone has.”