Marlon Harewood - Villa Is Home!
Marlon Harewood says coming to Villa feels like home thanks to the players and Martin O'Neill.
The former West Ham striker told the official site: 'I wouldn't say this has been a tough experience for me because the lads have just been awesome. I feel like I've been here ages really, they have gelled with me and I feel like I am at my 'homeplace'.'
He also says the tour of America was good as a 'bonding' experience adding, 'It's how I expected it to be really, how any professional would feel going to a new club. The atmosphere and the banter has been good. The lads just want to play football now and do really well this year.'
He says all the teams in the Premiership have talented players 'But you can tell that all the boys are ready. We don't want to lose any game, although it really isn't about pride. I personally do not want to lose any game, and I hope the rest of the lads are the same.'
I guess he has seen some of the negative reactions from Villa fans over his move as he added, 'I'm not trying to prove anyone right or wrong, apart from myself. I had a great season a couple of years ago (16 goals) and I want to carry on from there, and enjoy my football. Last year was a hard year for me personally and for West Ham, but now I have got a big task ahead of me and new people around me and I just have to make sure that I get back what I had before, try and maintain it and help the boys get to where they want to go.'