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Ross McCormack has signed away his Aston Villa contract in a variation agreement

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In one of their shortest and most to-the-point statements of all time, Aston Villa have announced the departure of striker, Ross McCormack on the club website.

The full statement follows:

‘Aston Villa can confirm Ross McCormack is to leave the club after signing a variation agreement. The club would like to wish Ross well for the future.’

For those who don’t know, a variation agreement is a write-up to change a document - in this instance the contract of Ross McCormack. John Percy of The Telegraph followed up by stating that this agreement came after Villa CEO Christian Purslow met with McCormack’s representatives. There are no details on the terms of this agreement.

And so ends Ross McCormack’s time at Aston Villa. McCormack, ridiculed nationwide after a behind-closed-doors argument with Steve Bruce was leaked by Villa’s then-manager, never really featured at all for Aston Villa since signing from Fulham in 2016 for £12 million pounds. The Scottish striker was also in line for a wage-rise following Villa’s promotion, and only made 20 appearances for the first-team. There did seem to be an urge from McCormack to leave the club, but the size and cost of his contract put paid to any incoming transfer move. Instead, he, and Villa, had to settle for short-term loan deals

See you Ross, and good luck for the future, I guess.