Date: 17th July 2007 at 10:45am
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20-year-old Brummie Craig Gardner knows he faces more competition in the forthcoming season following the arrival of Nigel Reo-Coker but says he is determined to push his way further into the Villa first team following some great displays at the end of last season.

He told the official site:

‘The gaffer’s really encouraging. He keeps you on your toes and gets you up for every game. He praises you when praise is due and all he’s done all season is praise me. I feel so confident when I’m at the training ground and when I’m out on the pitch – that’s because of the things he’s said. His comments about me in the press last season were amazing, but I’m just keeping my head down and I won’t get carried away with any of it.’

He also says that O’Neill is ‘a player’s manager’ adding ‘You can see it in his eyes and in his face that he wants to win every single game. That’s like me. In the Middlesbrough game at the end of last season, we just couldn’t wait to get out in the second-half and we destroyed them. That’s what we need next season.’

He certainly looked good at the end of last season, he isn’t afraid to tackle or shoot. The next Andy Townsend maybe?

Roll on next season then!

 

6 Replies to “Gardener Looking To Challenge”

  • At last, we are off the Harewood subject. Gardener, yet another quality prospect, Villa’s future are in youngsters such as Gardener.

  • I’ve always been quite happy to admit when i am wrong, andam pleased to see Craig shove my words down my throat when i said last season he’d never make it at Villa. Well done Craigy Boy!

  • Craig showed a lot of promise towards the latter part of last season, and came on in leaps and bounds. Hopefully his development and progress will continue throughout the upcoming campaign, proving that we have yet another highly talented youngster on our hands.

  • Good to read that MON is looking into rewarding Craig with a new and improved contract. That would be aggod piece of business.

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