Former Reading left-back Nicky Shorey is delighted with his move to Aston Villa.

Shorey revealed the ambition shown by Villa boss Martin O'Neill convinced him to move to the club.

"It's all come out of the blue a bit, but it's a great challenge for me. This is a massive club, and I'm really looking forward to it," he said.

"There were other clubs interested, but this is such a big club. Obviously I talked to the manager, and he's very positive and very ambitious. That's what I am, - especially after last season. I want to get back into the Premier League and show people what I can do."

The Londoner added: "When you talk to the manager you want to get a good feel for what he's trying to do, and I did straightaway with Martin. He made me feel at ease and made me feel wanted. That was a big factor."