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Lee Hendrie Still Wants To Be Villan

Lee Hendrie Still Wants To Be Villan

Villa midfielder Lee Hendrie has told the Daily Mail he still has Villa at heart and wants to return.

The 29-year-old midfielder, currently on loan at Stoke, said:

'I owe Tony Pulis and Stoke a lot. He has put his arm around me. He's told me to enjoy myself and to score goals. I'm still Villa's player and I'll have to see what Martin O'Neill thinks. I'm 29, have six months left on my contract and Villa, as has happened in the past, haven't come to sign a new one.'

'I still think I can do it for a few more years in The Premiership. I'm going to give it a right go from now on.'

He also admits it hasn't always been a smooth ride at Villa:

'I've had my ups and downs like most people, but I've never done anything really nasty. People look at your reputation, though. I was young and everything happened so quickly. I was 21, playing Premiership football with a good contract and had played for England. You think to yourself: 'I've made the right decisions until now, why should I listen to them? At times, I have deviated off the path. I've been wayward, but I've not been that bad. I just needed someone to give me a good smack back onto the right path.'

His future at Villa is certainly not clear, even with a lack of strength in depth, Martin O'Neill still hasn't been re-called despite a 24-hour re-call clause in his loan contract.

Hendrie summed it up saying at his age, 'I need to play. If I'm not, I start thinking about everything that goes on in my life. And, really, that's where the problems start. If things are going well, I'm walking around with a spring in my step. That's what it has been like these past three months. If I'm not playing, I'm miserable. I don't want sympathy. I've brought all this on myself. I don't like to bring anyone else into my problems.'

'And the last two years have been two years I'd rather not go through again.'

I must admit I always find those sort of comments hard to take, he seriously wouldn't like to go through the last two years ago? I know in relative terms they've not been good footballing wise, but he isn't exactly on the breadline as a footballer, he must be on £20k a week, I bet some of the ex-Longbridge workers (etc etc etc) would swap positions!

What do you think, will Hendrie be part of our squad come the new season and more importantly, should he be?

Writer:J P Fear
Date:Sunday December 17 2006
Time: 12:29PM


As we say in the north, too late Hendrie. You have *****ed on your chips. Sad, but thats the way things are.
17/12/2006 13:09:00
i'd welcome back Hendrie I'd rather have him in the aquad then some of the current players
17/12/2006 13:38:00
Unfortunately what Lee wants, and what in reality is going to happen, are two very different things. Good luck to him though.
17/12/2006 13:48:00
who would you take out to put him in no one villa should ofload him in janurary for around 1-2mill to someone like stoke
17/12/2006 14:26:00
i'd rather have him in the squad then Samual
17/12/2006 14:30:00
he deserves another chance, and he isn't that bad a player..
17/12/2006 16:50:00
He would be in my team now. I think of the Hendry that played so well even for DOL for a while - an abundance of energy, commitment and some cracking goals. There is another side to Hendry too - but he desrves the chance. In that good spell it was his best consistent run for Villa and it is not that long ago. None of our creative midfielders this season have been remotely as consistent as he was in that spell - however much they cost. Bring him back and get him in. Fact is we still played well yesterday, but Hendry can add to the team and the squad.
17/12/2006 20:12:00
Think he should be givena chance and wouldn't be surprised that MO'N hasn't recalled him in respect to Stoke and knowing that lee is getting 90 minutes of a game whereas back here he might not.
17/12/2006 20:36:00
If he could stick to clever passing and those odd, unexpected shots from funny angles we should have a role for him. Its when he gets riled up and off his game that he becomes a liability. When he keeps his head together he can be a good player. Perhaps his time on loan has forced him to do the soul searching he needed so badly inn order to properly motivate him.
17/12/2006 21:02:00
hes a good player, but id like some new blood
17/12/2006 23:14:00
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