Earlier this afternoon Aston Villa confirmed that John Terry would be parting company with us following our failure to reach the Premier League and secure promotion this season.
Club statement: John Terry update…
— Aston Villa FC (@AVFCOfficial) May 30, 2018
The 37-year-old certainly made his mark following his shock arrival at Villa Park over the summer following his departure from Chelsea and had we gained promotion back to the top-flight we did hold a 12-month option on him.
Presumably owing to Financial Fair Play issues, we will not be doing a new deal with him and the former England man moves on now to pastures new.
A statement from the Official Site read.
“We would like to place on record our most sincere thanks for the effort and professionalism he showed with us last season. John is a true leader and was everything and more than we hoped. Hugely popular and influential in the dressing room, he played a real captain’s role in creating the incredible bond the players shared with our supporters, and vice-versa.”
With Steve Bruce glowing in admiration for his efforts with us and the likes of Jack Grealish more than nodding in his direction for his role off the pitch as well as on it, the final words go to the fans themselves.
Hated the bloke but after 1 season became a hero for me…he had no affiliation with our club but gave his all and for that I thank him from the bottom of my heart…good luck JT in your next role #UTV
— Darren Avfc Judge (@dazjudge) May 30, 2018
— Darren Probert (@dazzavilla) May 30, 2018
Thanks for everything JT. ????????????????
— The Religion – AVFC (@AVFC_Religion) May 30, 2018
We knew it was coming but still gutted non the less. Thanks for everything JT. Captain. Leader. Legend.
— Cara Parker (@caraparker84) May 30, 2018
Cheers for the season captain, can’t thank you enough for the box you gave me for the cup game vs Middlesbrough, good luck????
— Sam (@__samsmithh) May 30, 2018
was quality to see a legend play for Villa ????❤
— Jake Grinnell (@dexteravfc) May 30, 2018
JT has been fantastic for us. Especially in rebuilding the team spirit in the dressing room. Sad state of affairs when you still have spongers like Micah Richards on the books. #AVFC
— Lee Wilkins (@w1lko_86) May 30, 2018
Well played JT. He's played his ❤ out for the Villa. Gutted it didn't quite come for him. Pleasure to see him in a Villa shirt though. All the best #UTV
— Ian Sweeney (@iansweeno79) May 30, 2018
Very privileged to see John Terry don the claret and blue and also privileged to see him captain our great club. Thanks JT and all the best
— Sunil Patnaik (@p1eceofthesun) May 30, 2018
Terrys been quality for villa and we were 1 game away from promotion. His influence on the dressing room has been clear from the start. Thanks for everything JT, almost did it #UTV
— The Sneaky Blinder (@SneakyBlinder) May 30, 2018