Ayr United form has proven beneficial for Viljami Sinisalo, with Aston Villa handing the Finland youth goalkeeper a new contract.

Sinisalo was signed on loan by the cinch Championship club from Aston Villa last season and then-manager Mark Kerr was quick to install the youngster as his number one. He remained number one after Kerr left and was replaced by current Ayr boss David Hopkin.

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Honest Men form has earned him an extension. (Photo by Plumb Images/Leicester City FC via Getty Images)

Overall, Sinisalo made 29 appearances at Ayr before returning to Aston Villa in April with a thigh strain. Kerr said of the 19-year-old when he first arrived at Somerset Park: “Villa consider Viljami one of the best of his age, anywhere in Europe.

“He is extremely highly rated and has been training with the Villa first team for the last year. We have had him up to have a look at him and he has shown us the level of his potential and our goalkeeping coach has been hugely impressed by him.”

Aston Villa will now keep him on their books until the summer of 2023. Sinisalo had been linked with Celtic and Bayern München in recent weeks but those links appear to have faded with this new contract.

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