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Maloney Happy With Villa Move

Shaun Maloney has spoken about his move to the Premiership and says he doesn't regret coming to Villa Park despite the fact he could have been playing in the Champions League with Celtic.

'It was a very big decision for me. And, no, it wasn't one I took lightly. But when the manager of this club spoke to me, I realised it was a massive challenge. This is a big club I am coming to. The level of performance I will have to put in to get into the side is something that excited me. I am happy with my decision.'

'When Aston Villa came in, I was just delighted the move came off before the transfer window deadline. Martin O'Neill was a big, big part of the decision. And Aston Villa, being a big club, was also a part.'

Adding on the official site: 'Obviously, knowing the staff from my time at Celtic, I knew exactly what I was coming into. I enjoyed my time at Celtic when he was there and after he left.'






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Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday February 28 2007

Time: 11:47AM

Your Comments

I bet he says that to all the Big Clubs :-)
col8
Seems a level headed guy. Do we thank M O'N for that?
sandgroanun
Maloney was quoted in the Scotsman Newspaper earlier this week as saying "The Level in the league I playing in at the moment is much higher than the league I played in before." Says it all.
still skeggy
looked quality on his debut have to say,no mean feat that considering he wasnt at all fit.think will do wonders for villa for years to come.
Belfast Villain
He wont ever be the 1st on the team sheet but i hope he proves me wrong...i see him more as a squad player for numbers
Newman
With the acquisition of Maloney and Young, our forward play will be hard for opposition sides to pit against both pre and during games. Looks like both these lads can play in the hole and wide left/right. In recent years our front two have been too predictable, flat and easily marshalled out of games. We now have two forward lads with good movement.... just can't wait for the boys to get back into action!.... it feels like I've given up football for lent!!
bazzah
I certainly hope he is 'Happy With Villa Move'. If he was spouting the alternative then I think we'd all be more than a little concerned. I thought he made a good start to his Villa Park career at Reading, although admittedly it was obvious that he was dragging a little as the game wore on in the second half. Should keep his starting role at Fulham, and hopefully will build on his Reading performance. Looks a very useful buy, someone destined to become a B6 favourite.
glensider
His choices were Celic, Fulham or us. Whilst he would have guaranteed silverware at Celtic, it would be virtually meaningless as you have a 50/50 chance in each domestic competition. We are an ambitious club in a competitive league, as such anything won with us would be worthy of pride.
keithlees1978
 

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