By Graham Hill
TYRONE Mings has hailed Villa’s management team for believing in him when he needed it most.
Mings sealed a deal worth a potential £25million this week when he turned his loan move from Bournemouth into a permanent one.
But the 26-year-old says the impression he made in the second half of last season was due to the backing he had from boss Dean Smith and his coaches Richard O’Kelly and John Terry.
The player arrived at Villa Park with a history of injuries behind him – but he had no major fitness worries as he helped Smith’s side win promotion through the play-offs.
And he says the backing of the three key figures off the field played a big part in that.
Mings told Sky Sports News: “A lot can be said for tactics and working on the training ground.
”The belief that they gave me when I came here and the confidence that they had in me was a huge factor in terms of how I played on the pitch.
“They were obviously very keen to get me in, they showed that through the month of January and when I got here I felt like I was working under three people that really believed in me and really wanted to help.”
The central defender admitted he wanted to come to Villa after five month spell that revitalised his career.
Mings added: “My head and my heart were at Aston Villa after everything we went through in the short space of time that I was there last season so I’m delighted to be back.
“Obviously my time at Bournemouth was interrupted by injuries and never really got going.
“I wouldn’t say I never felt at home at Bournemouth, but I never really got the chance to have a consistent run of games for different reasons.
“It’s just nice to be in a place where I can perform on the pitch, all any footballer wants to do is obviously play and get some game time.
“I’m very grateful for the chance that they gave me in January and hope that we can back up what we did then with some success in the Premier League.”