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Hendrie To Middlesbrough?

Hendrie To Middlesbrough?

Midfielder Lee Hendrie could move to former team-mate Gareth Southgate's Middlesbrough after finding himself without a club.

The 30-year-old's contract recently expired and was not renewed, bringing down the curtain on a 14-year association with the club. But despite spending a large chunk of last season on loan at Stoke, eight clubs have reportedly already contracted Hendrie to register their interest.

But Middlesbrough appear to be leading the way in the race for his signature, though a a free-agent Hendrie can take his time before making a considered decision.

Hendrie told BBC Sport: 'I know boss Gareth Southgate well, it would be very tempting. I hope to get a deal done with someone soon.'

Although the player has his detractors among Villa fans, with many frustrated that he never managed to fulfil his obvious potential while wearing the claret and blue, he could still have something to offer in the Premier League - albeit with a club seemingly heading in the opposite direction to Villa.

Martin O'Neill won't worry about not being able to select Hendrie next season, as the club are moving onwards and upwards, but after spending such a long time at Villa Park it's interesting to try and imagine where the club will be 14 years from now, and whether the then 44-year-old former player will be cheering from the stands...

Writer:Site Staff
Date:Monday July 9 2007
Time: 9:02AM


Good on him! still think he could have done a job for us if called upon. He is a villan through and through and anyone could see he didnt want to leave in the first place. A good squad player and thats the kind of thing we need due to all the departures we have had. Any way, I think a lot of villa players know the way to boro so shouldnt be too long before his future is resolved. Good luck Lee
09/07/2007 10:01:00
depends who we buy as to whether we still needed to have kept him as a squad player, that said his face obviously never fit for MON and it is his job on the line if what he does now doesn't work out. Never did take to Hendrie, not because he had no talent, quite the opposite, I thought he should have been an awesome player for us and sadly rarely was. Such potential but ...
The Fear
09/07/2007 13:04:00
Lee seems to be spoiled for choice, or so he and his agent would have us believe. Under those circumstances it is difficult to understand quite why he isn't already fixed up at a new club, and back enjoying pre-season training. I wish him well. I liked Lee, and felt he could always be relied upon to give his all. Not short on talent either, but sadly he just couldn't get it all together at Villa Park on a consistent basis. It was time for him to move on.
09/07/2007 15:20:00
Shut up and go then Lee. You have been released by us now.
09/07/2007 15:47:00
Bye bye millionaire....a I do feel sorry for you...NOT. Your face never fit because your ears are modelled on Prince Charles and the rest of ye is made up of Royals "my arse" stylee. You never had class, just wasted talent...maybe less larging it with your mates up Braod Street and knuckling down would have sorted you out...but, youth is wasted on the young, unless you're a proper pro like Alan Shearer or Henry was in their youth. I didn't like him and my 'one signing'impatience is being vented on the pug lookalike. Tw@!
09/07/2007 20:47:00
p.s. close the door on your way out and i hope you like the vista of the grey smog hue and industrial town orange night light ambience of Middlesvilla...
09/07/2007 20:49:00
He's a championship player at best now. Once he realises that, gets fixed up and settles down, then he should have two or maybe even three, seasons left in him.
05/08/2007 10:00:00
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