Date: 5th December 2007 at 2:40pm
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Adam McGurk has returned to training 8 months after picking up a terrible knee ligament injury and he has already set his sights on catching the bosses eye in 2008.

The 18 year old striker was impressing just about anyone who saw him last season and was on the fringes of a first-team call up, having been invited along to a training camp in Spain.

Now the youngster is targeting January for his reserve team comeback, as he looks to become the next big thing off the Aston Villa Academy production line.

Speaking to avfc.co.uk, McGurk said:

‘It’s been a long time, but the hardest bit’s over now. The sitting around while you’re on crutches is the boring stuff.’

‘It’s hard coming in every day when you know you won’t be playing at the weekend. You just want to be out there, but you just have to go off by yourself and do the boring stuff while they’re out there enjoying themselves. It is frustrating, but I’ve had to be patient and soon I’ll be joining the lads.’

‘I’m probably looking to the West Ham game next month for a reserves return, unless we arrange a friendly before Christmas.

‘But hopefully I’ll get a few Academy games as well to get my sharpness back.’

Is he really the next big thing, or the next Luke Moore, who was the next Stefan Moore, who was the next…

…you decide!