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Maloney On Premiership Challenge

Maloney On Premiership Challenge

24-year-old Shaun Maloney says of his move from Celtic to Villa Park:

'It's a massive challenge to play here, but I'm confident in my abilities.'

Adding on Villa World TV News which I hope is up for a revamp as it is truly dire for the money at the moment: 'I'm delighted to have it sorted. It was obviously a little bit worrying as we got closer to 12 o'clock. Thankfully the manager, secretary and a few other people worked really hard to sort it out and I'm delighted to be here. It's a massive challenge for me. I've been playing up in Scotland for a few years and this is the right time for me to make this move.'

'You can miss the chance to make this sort of move and this was too good an opportunity for me to pass up. It was pretty late on that I found out about coming to Villa, but when I spoke to Martin I didn't have a second thought. I knew this was the right move. The manager is obviously somebody that I've known before. I know how he works and I'm really pleased that he sees me as part of his rebuild of the club.'

Adding the challenge of playing in the Prem which he calls a 'quality league' is 'exciting' him.

This will upset some of our friends North of the border as he adds: 'No disrespect to the Scottish league, obviously it's a challenge to win it every year with Celtic and if you don't it's a big disappointment. But I think the quality of opponent week in, week out in the Premiership will be a lot higher and as a player I think it's a massive challenge. I need to improve as a player and adapt to that and that's why I've decided to do it.'

'I can't wait to play at Villa Park. The boys all speak highly of it. Hopefully I'll be in the squad tomorrow.'

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:J P Fear
Date:Friday February 2 2007
Time: 2:39PM


He was my number one target in the window. We are lucky to get him. Great attitude,value for money and an eye for a goal. Is JPA on the way out? He has been pants for us (apart from his partnership with DV).
02/02/2007 14:49:00
Can't wait til tomorrow Come on me babbies!!!
02/02/2007 14:58:00
Not a bad word has been said about Maloney from Celtic and other neutral fans on message boards and I'm confident that we've got the best player from the SPL in our squad. Yippeeiooo Yippeeiaay In Martin we trust! Though, I am struggling to see if Carew, Young and Maloney can play in the same side unless one becomes injured (heaven forbid!). When Manchester Untied played The Hoops in the champs league earlier this season at Celtic Park, Shaun came on as sub and played on the left and did OK. So maybe we'll see Barry drop to LB and Maloney LW? (Hopefully GB will be included in the England Squad later when announced!... Good luck and what a lift that would give us going into tomorrows game 'eh!!). UTV!
02/02/2007 15:18:00
Sorry to burst ye old bubble but Nakamura is by far and away the best player up here. Maloney was very lucky to be offered a 18k per week contract by Celtic but now that money can be spent elsewhere, so all the better for Celtic
Graeme Morrison
02/02/2007 15:44:00
"Maloney was very lucky to be offered a 18k per week contract by Celtic" - "Lucky" that's your opinion not your manager's or club's obviously
02/02/2007 16:25:00
Alternatively I suppose we could have signed Darren Bent for 17m or Emule Heskey for 8m?
02/02/2007 16:26:00
Barry Ferguson is the best player in Scotland (now) - end of
02/02/2007 16:30:00
Maloney is a money grabbing scumbag, who can forgett all about trophys and playing in the CL. Instead he can get ready for a mediocre club and with no chance of winning anything even winning a game is though for Villa in the EPL (When's the last time you boys won a single match). As for tarzan why don't you go swining in some ******** tree idiot ,ferguson is no way near the best player in the SPL. Players like Naka, Vennegoor of Hesselink and even Kris Boyd is miles ahead. But what would you know.
02/02/2007 16:51:00
Graeme Morrison - where was Mr. Nakamura when the awards for PSFA and Young PSFA accolades where being handed out last term?? History my friend, the lad has made history - give him due credit!
02/02/2007 16:55:00
Sean84 - Feck off
02/02/2007 17:03:00
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