Millwall have swooped for Aston Villa defender Shane Lowry.

The Australian stopper - on loan at The Den since November - has signed a two-and-a-half-year deal in London.

Lowry signed on as a Villa trainee in 2008 but made just three first-team appearances during his time in the Midlands.

The 22-year-old has spent time on loan at Plymouth, Leeds and Sheffield United in recent seasons.