The Team

Senior Leadership

Danny Wright – Head of editorial

Danny has worked for Breaking Media for over six years, managing a team of writers across numerous sites and playing a key role in the development of Villa News.

Mark Smith – Assistant Editor

Mark has worked for Breaking Media for four years after graduating from Leeds Trinity University.

Pete Hanson – Assistant Editor

Pete joined the team in 2023 and has 13 years of experience in sports journalism after graduating from Sheffield Hallam University.

Villa News Experts

Alan Hutton

Former Scotland international Alan Hutton made 202 appearances for Aston Villa between 2011 and 2019, playing a key role in the club’s return to the Premier League in his final season at Villa Park. He now regularly appears on BBC Radio 5 Live, TNT Sport and Villa News as our exclusive, weekly columnist.

Dan Bardell

Dan is a Villa-mad presenter, podcaster and panellist. He’s presented for AVFC Official Facebook Live and The Villa View YouTube channel. Dan’s also featured for The Athletic and Sky Sports News. He’s now sharing his opinions on the first team, the academy and the women’s team with Villa News.

Ty Bracey

Ty is best known among Villa fans for appearing on The Villa View podcast and for his unrivalled passion for the biggest club in the Midlands. Amassing over 110,000 Twitter followers, Ty’s the man to follow on social media when it comes to the Villans. 

Freya Taylor and Lyndsey Bissell – Women’s team experts

Freya and Lyndsey are collaborating to share their opinions on Aston Villa Women. Freya is a published author who’s mad about the Villans while Lyndsey once was a player in the Villa academy.

Dr Rajpal Brar – Injury Expert

Rajpal Brar is a doctor of Physical Therapy. He is a Strength and Conditioning specialist along with being a Movement and Mechanics coach. The Los Angeles native is a Sports Scientist and Mindfulness coach who has experience in playing and coaching multiple sports including football, basketball and running.

Dr Daniel Plumley – Finance Expert

A senior lecturer and researcher at Sheffield Hallam University, Doctor Dan started giving his financial expertise about Aston Villa in August 2022. Since then, he has demystified football finance and governance for our readers. Never more at home than when pouring over a spreadsheet, he crunches the number so you don’t have to.


George Overhill – Senior contributor

George is a sportswriter with degrees in Sports Journalism (MA) – University of Brighton – and Politics (BSc) – University of Southampton. Sport, and especially football, has been his first love since the age of four, although football tests that sometimes. Also particularly interested in the women’s game and the NFL. 

Pranav Shahaney – Senior contributor

Pranav is a sports journalist who graduated from St. Mary’s University, London, with a Distinction in Sports Journalism (MA). He has over six years of experience working inside newsrooms and has been writing about football since the age of 15. Long-form tactical articles and investigative pieces hold a special place in his heart

Daniel Feliciano – Senior contributor

Daniel is a football writer who has a great thirst for the Premier League and other major European leagues. A lover of the beautiful game and a firm believer that the eye test is better than statistics. Also an avid MMA fan.

Anthony Onifade

Anthony is a sports journalism graduate from the University of Brighton, with a huge passion for football writing and journalism, done over a span of seven years since Euro 2016. Loves to analyse and provide stats from the game and plays a lot of football and is a Christian youth leader and mentor in his spare time

Peter Lynch

Peter is a sports journalism graduate from the University of Stirling, Scotland. With a huge passion for football, he has previous experience working for Sky Sports News and Goal. While football is number one on the list, other sporting passions include golf, cricket and snooker. 

James Murray

James is a sports journalist with a degree in Sports Journalism and Communications (MA) from the Real Madrid Graduate School. He has experience working for a number of local news outlets as well as the Sunday Mirror and Real Madrid TV. While football is his number one sport, he also has a love for cricket.

Daniel Lewis

Daniel is a journalism graduate from the University of South Wales who has 10 years of experience in the sports side of the industry, which includes covering major events such as World Cups and the Champions League final. While he has an interest in rugby union, snooker and darts – yes, darts – football is top of the list in terms of favourite sport.

Joe Roberts

Joe is a passionate sports writer with an English MA graduate from Sussex University and an MA Journalism graduate at Kingston University. He has gained a wealth of experience in his budding sports writing career, including interviewing Premier League icons like Patrick Vieira and Paul Robinson.

Callum O’Connell

Callum is a Sports Journalism graduate of the University of Brighton. He has a passion for football, particularly attending live games as nothing beats experiencing the game from the stands. He also has an interest in boxing and Formula 1, with sport playing a huge role in his life.

Dan Carter

Dan is a sports journalist who graduated from the University of Gloucestershire with a first-class degree in Sports Journalism. Dan has a huge love for football and has spent time inside newsrooms throughout his time at university. Away from his laptop, he enjoys playing Sunday League football, or watching whatever football, cricket or whatever sport he can find.