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Gavin McCann Trotters Deal Confirmed

Gavin McCann Trotters Deal Confirmed

Gavin McCann has become the first major exit from Villa Park this summer having spent the last few seasons as a virtual ever present in the team.

The midfielder has wrapped up his move for an undisclosed fee to the Reebok Stadium to join up with former Villa left-back Jlloyd Samuel at Bolton Wanderers.

McCann has signed a three-year deal after undergoing a medical today.

The new Bolton boss Sammy Lee told the Trotters website:

'Gavin McCann is a positive signing for us. Gavin is an experienced campaigner who knows the Barclays Premier League inside out. He has all the attributes you need for the modern game - a good passing range, excellent touch on the ball and optimum energy levels to cope with the rigours of the domestic game and our European campaign.'

Adding: 'I want to bring in quality signings over the summer to add to our already excellent squad, and Gavin has quality in abundance.'

So who now for Villa? Reports are suggesting Villa are being made to wait for a deal bringing in West Ham's Nigel Reo-Coker, but there is no way that will be it for the midfield, if it is I'd be shocked because Villa have to start to build a squad. Fair enough letting fringe and unwanted players go, but we need numbers as Martin O'Neill found out last season when a few injuries kicked in.

Exciting times, we've let a first team regular go, there must be better qualilty arriving!

Good luck Gavin.

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

Writer:J P Fear
Date:Friday June 8 2007
Time: 3:52PM


A good passing range????? HAHAHA! Has this guy actually ever seen him play? Jeez thats funny.
08/06/2007 15:59:00
must admit, his passing is the worst part of his game, think he worked hard and did the scruffy work breaking down opponents attacks, but was never the grade to win midfield battles with the top teams.
The Fear
08/06/2007 16:00:00
Gav epitomised what O'Leary meant when he referred to our players as an 'honest bunch of triers' - always put the effort in, always tried his best. Unfortunately, his best isn't really good enough for where we need to be right now and I think his sale is another very positive step we're going in the right direction. O'Neill clearly knows what we need and who we can afford to be without. Like JPA, we can wish Gav all the best and thank him for his efforts over recent seasons safe in the knowledge we're selling at the right time for all concerned.
08/06/2007 16:30:00
It used to be Middlesboro that took all our old cast offs. Now Bolton are the Grandad Grabbers......
08/06/2007 16:32:00
Farewell then, Smiler. An honest, northern lad. £1m plus add-ons is a sound deal for us.
08/06/2007 16:42:00
Thanks for everything Gavin, good luck at Bolton, but his first team chances at VP were surely going to be limited with the arrival of better (hopefully)players on the horizon. Missed him when he was injured the season before last and always tried his best, but pastures new plus £1m to Villa seems the best solution for all concerned.
08/06/2007 17:46:00
Sammy Lee must be pretty dumb to sign him!
08/06/2007 18:01:00
Bolton are gonna be a real force next season taking all our rejects(NOT)
08/06/2007 18:39:00
I think this is a positive sign because it inevitably means we are going to replace McCann with a better standard of midfielder. Nothing personal to Gavin, i wish him all the best, as he gave his best for us. I just think like most other's that he was not quite what we needed in order to move forward. I believe that MON has got more than Reo-coker in mind as regards the midfield. Let's not stress, but be positive and excited about the summer.
08/06/2007 21:25:00
Lets replace him with players with the ability to run with the ball and boss the midfield.
08/06/2007 21:56:00
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