DWIGHT YORKE, the Trinidad & Tobago player who featured in the team beaten by the United States in the final World Cup qualifier, is to enter England's first division.
Yorke spent three months with the Aston Villa after he had impressed the Birmingham side playing against them in an exhibition game during the summer.
He was offered a three-year contract subject to receiving his work permit. A permit to play has now been issued and the Tobagan is due to rejoin Villa in the New Year.
Yorke raised several influential eyebrows at Villa Park during his trial period and officials believe he has a bright future ahead of him.
He joins Villa at a time when they are having their run of results since they won the Championship in 1981.
Several other T&T players have their eyes on playing in England.
Colvin Hutchinson (pictured) also trialed with Aston Villa, but didn't make the grade.
Russell Latapy, Leonson Lewis and Philbert Jones are trying their fortune with Derby County.