His 100th game wasn’t one to remember – but John McGinn has come a long way at Aston Villa from his St Mirren days.

The Scotland international recently made his 100th appearance for Aston Villa in a 1-1 draw with Newcastle United, having joined the Premier League club in 2019 from Hibs. But before his move to Leith, he found himself out-of-contract at St Mirren.

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The Aston Villa midfielder was once a Buddie. (Photo by Alex Dodd – CameraSport via Getty Images)

Now he’s made his 100th appearance for Aston Villa, McGinn has reflected (Villa TV): “It wasn’t one to remember; rubbish game (vs Newcastle), rubbish result in terms of the position we’re in but, looking back, I had the weekend to reflect on it and it was a massively proud moment in my career.

“It’s not often in your career that you get the time to look and appreciate how far you’ve come. For me, it was only three or four years after where I spent four months unemployed. I was out of contract after being at St Mirren and I’ve come a long, long way and, hopefully, I can carry on in that trajectory.


“It’s the first time I’ve looked at a milestone in my career and thought, ‘Wow! That’s massive for me. It’s given me more hunger to keep getting better for Aston Villa. You just want to be happy on and off the park.

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Thriving down south. (Photo by Jack Thomas – WWFC/Wolves via Getty Images)

“I’m lucky to call this home now and I really enjoy it; love it. It’s a brilliant place to live, train and work at. Amazing facilities; a massive club that’s going one way. There’s a slow and steady progression which I’m really proud to be part of.”

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