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Vital Villa: Cometh the Summer, Stayeth the Hare?

Cristiano Ronaldo has none of it and Gareth Barry may be losing it as he becomes more influenced by Stevie G, however for Marlon Harewood, there`s loyalty in abundance as he admits he wants to stay on at Villa Park for next season.

The former West Ham front-man had a fairly limited season, as he became a somewhat unwanted summer signing by Villa in a transfer window that promised everything, but didn`t give us that much.

Marlon`s drive and determination, whether the chips be up, down, or in the deep fat fryer, lead him to quickly become a cult figure, even amongst some who were vehemently against to poach the forward during his drive North to sign for Wigan Athletic.

A number of substitute appearances later suggested that Marlon Harewood may well have been set to become more of a regular, rather than bit part player. His substitute appearances included the odd contribution. This included, scoring including a sublime goal against Reading, later to be replicated in Euro 2008 by Turkey captain Nihat in their 3-2 overturn of the Czech Republic, and an over-head kick that would have had far more press coverage, had it been in the other goal, scored by one Fernando Torres.

However, Marlon failed to break into the starting line-up with any conviction, coupled with news and rumours suggesting that boss Martin O`Neill would be in the market for a new striker during the summer of 2008, the Hare was naturally linked with a move away after just one season. Premier League newboys Stoke City one of the linked clubs, despite this, the player himself believes there is more to come from the Hare, and more to see of Villa, before he looks for pastures new.

"There's a lot more to come from this squad and hopefully a lot more to come from me. I want to play my part.'

He added: "I'm looking forward to my second season here and hopefully I can show more of what I can do - and hopefully I'll get the chance to shine.

"The fans saw what I could do in the second half of last season and I just want to get out there and show my stuff again next season. I cannot wait for pre-season to start.'

"We're just one step away from the UEFA Cup and we don't want to throw that chance away. When I came to the club, all the players were talking about getting into Europe and we did that.

"As soon as I came to Villa I could tell everyone here was hungry for success and last season is just the start."

Considering I`ve seen a suggestion online today that Harewood`s replacement would be E-Mule Heskey, one suggests that the Hare may be of much greater use to Aston Villa than a donkey.




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Writer: Murph Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday June 21 2008

Time: 4:13PM

Your Comments

Fair play to him, knew he wasnt going to be first choice when he came, and he could have taken the easy option and go to Wigan and has other options available at the moment but is still determined to play his part in the clubs future and fight to be a integral player for Villa despite him being 3rd choice striker atm. Dont think M'ON will go for another physical striker as we already have Carew and Harewood, so a pacey forward is most likely as he will give competition to Gabby. Who he brings....well we will have to wait and see...
JOHN.CAREWS.CREW
Fair play to him, knew he wasnt going to be first choice when he came, and he could have taken the easy option and go to Wigan and has other options available at the moment but is still determined to play his part in the clubs future and fight to be a integral player for Villa despite him being 3rd choice striker atm. Dont think M'ON will go for another physical striker as we already have Carew and Harewood, so a pacey forward is most likely as he will give competition to Gabby. Who he brings....well we will have to wait and see...
JOHN.CAREWS.CREW
lol, nice one Murph, only you could do that article the justice it deserved, I'd been looking at the quotes all day and did nothing with them!
The Fear
lol, nice one Murph, only you could do that article the justice it deserved, I'd been looking at the quotes all day and did nothing with them!
The Fear
Harewood has a fantastic attitude, which seems such a rare thing these days! I hope he gets his much deserved chance to shine next season.
Nigel-not-Reo
Harewood has a fantastic attitude, which seems such a rare thing these days! I hope he gets his much deserved chance to shine next season.
Nigel-not-Reo
He's really underrated. Hopefully he hasn't put on any blubber roastin' in Marbella
tarzan
He's really underrated. Hopefully he hasn't put on any blubber roastin' in Marbella
tarzan
You really have to applaud the guy. His attitude has been top class since day one. A very valuable member of MON's fast developing squad.
glensider
You really have to applaud the guy. His attitude has been top class since day one. A very valuable member of MON's fast developing squad.
glensider
He always looks like he gives 100%, he was the same when he was at West Ham. Its just a shame he can't hit a barn door from two yards!!!!
dazza71
He always looks like he gives 100%, he was the same when he was at West Ham. Its just a shame he can't hit a barn door from two yards!!!!
dazza71
I think he's great and proven many of us wrong and MON right to get his signature last summer. He was only unlucky that John Carew did so well last year and stayed relatively fit and uninjured. I would like to see just how good he can get if he would get a run of about 10 starts!
villa_de
I think he's great and proven many of us wrong and MON right to get his signature last summer. He was only unlucky that John Carew did so well last year and stayed relatively fit and uninjured. I would like to see just how good he can get if he would get a run of about 10 starts!
villa_de
what I was goign to say has already been said by glensider and dazza
industrial_musical
what I was goign to say has already been said by glensider and dazza
industrial_musical
He was slaughtered after the Spurs game when he single handedly tried to kick Defoe's head into the stand from the penalty spot. I have to say he has become a firm favourite on the terraces. How times change, If the site run a poll asking if he should go or stay the majority would vote to keep him.
col8
He was slaughtered after the Spurs game when he single handedly tried to kick Defoe's head into the stand from the penalty spot. I have to say he has become a firm favourite on the terraces. How times change, If the site run a poll asking if he should go or stay the majority would vote to keep him.
col8
Too right as well though, but I hope he is given a chance, a bit of a run in the team. It would be a shame if next season went the same as the last for him.
PTP
Too right as well though, but I hope he is given a chance, a bit of a run in the team. It would be a shame if next season went the same as the last for him.
PTP
I think harewood is a model professional to the young lads, he is in some respects the perfect 3rd choice striker.
industrial_musical
I think harewood is a model professional to the young lads, he is in some respects the perfect 3rd choice striker.
industrial_musical
I cannot believe the Potters seriously think they can get Marls for 2M !!!!!!!!????????????? Yes, you read that right, 2M !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I'm not sure where this estimation came from but surely they're the result of severe drug abuse. Has the world gone ******** mad??? On ya bike, new EPL whipping boys!
Villan-in-Cyprus
I cannot believe the Potters seriously think they can get Marls for 2M !!!!!!!!????????????? Yes, you read that right, 2M !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I'm not sure where this estimation came from but surely they're the result of severe drug abuse. Has the world gone ******** mad??? On ya bike, new EPL whipping boys!
Villan-in-Cyprus
Just to second all the good things been said wbout Marlon above. He's got such a great attitude. One of the best parts of last season was when he curled in a beautiful goal away to Reading. Fans went nuts! As dis the Hare!
stpaulmcgrath
Just to second all the good things been said wbout Marlon above. He's got such a great attitude. One of the best parts of last season was when he curled in a beautiful goal away to Reading. Fans went nuts! As dis the Hare!
stpaulmcgrath
I particularly liked his goal at Anfield. Awesome!
Villan-in-Cyprus
I particularly liked his goal at Anfield. Awesome!
Villan-in-Cyprus
5mill for harewood. simple as!
industrial_musical
5mill for harewood. simple as!
industrial_musical
 

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