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Gardner Determined To Succeed

Craig Gardner has admitted it'll be no easy task to get into the first team this year, but he's going to keep on trying and he's determined to call a first team spot his own.

Speaking on the official site Craig has admitted that this is the season where he needs to get some real action and make a proper claim for a midfield spot.

Some of us are dying to see him get a run of 5-10 games in the centre so he can really show us what he's made of but sadly he's below Reo-Coker, Petrov, Sidwell and now it appears young Delph in the pecking order.

A terrific shame for the no nonsense midfielder who also has a cracking shot to boot.

'This is a massive season for me. I'm 22 now and I want to be involved in more games. Last season I played in quite a few cup ties but not as many Premier League games as I would have liked.

'All I can do is work hard in training and hope I get picked. But there's a lot of competition for places, so it won't be easy.'

Gardner admits himself that the centre of midfield is his preferred position but development wise he seems to have become stuck in a rut every since he was asked to deputise for our centre halves at right back. With Stuart Pearce also deciding 'such flexibility' could be an asset for the U21's, Gardner has struggled to recapture the form he showed when he first broke onto the scene.

He is however determined to get back on track.

'I'm not the kind to roll over. I intend to keep working hard and fighting for a place.

'We'll just have to see what happens. It's good to be part of such a great set-up. We have the right people here in terms of the manager and the staff and I think we will do well again.'

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Writer: Mike Field Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday September 7 2009

Time: 11:38AM

Your Comments

Gardner should definitely be given an extended run in the 1st team. I'd play him ahead of Sidwell in the 4-5-1/4-3-3 formation.
StuLinney
Gardner should definitely be given an extended run in the 1st team. I'd play him ahead of Sidwell in the 4-5-1/4-3-3 formation.
StuLinney
he's got the right attitude, be interesting to see if he does get a chance this year.
The Fear
he's got the right attitude, be interesting to see if he does get a chance this year.
The Fear
brilliant, thats a complete contrast to Heskeys ' you can have my england spot' statement today. Your right Fear, he's got the right attitude.
bobbyfett
brilliant, thats a complete contrast to Heskeys ' you can have my england spot' statement today. Your right Fear, he's got the right attitude.
bobbyfett
I am fortunate enough to be reasonably close to people who know of Craigs situation. At one stage Fulham were sniffing and it looked likely that he could go. However, he is a Villa man through and through and wants to stay and fight for his place. The reason that Craig hasn't done a 'Steve Davis' or 'Luke Moore' is all down to attitude. M'ON has never guaranteed him anything but does not want him to leave. He is actually a typical M'ON type footballer (committed, hard working, first class attitude, not too big for his boots). Craig is genuinely one of those who can make a big impact in the game. On a personal level I am aware of the volume of community projects he gets involved with. The lad is an absolute diamond and somebody that we should be proud to call one of our own. And the word is that his brother Gary is tipped to be a bigger star than Craig. I think I recall Glensider singing his praises recently as well??
voiceoftheholte
I am fortunate enough to be reasonably close to people who know of Craigs situation. At one stage Fulham were sniffing and it looked likely that he could go. However, he is a Villa man through and through and wants to stay and fight for his place. The reason that Craig hasn't done a 'Steve Davis' or 'Luke Moore' is all down to attitude. M'ON has never guaranteed him anything but does not want him to leave. He is actually a typical M'ON type footballer (committed, hard working, first class attitude, not too big for his boots). Craig is genuinely one of those who can make a big impact in the game. On a personal level I am aware of the volume of community projects he gets involved with. The lad is an absolute diamond and somebody that we should be proud to call one of our own. And the word is that his brother Gary is tipped to be a bigger star than Craig. I think I recall Glensider singing his praises recently as well??
voiceoftheholte
 

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