Call Me Concrete Ron!
Ron Vlaar has picked his own nickname since arriving at Villa, he wants to be known as 'Concrete Ron'.
So welcome Concrete Ron. (I'm hardly going to argue with the man am I!)
Speaking to the Official Site the 27 year old promised fans that they would see full bloodied performances from him on the pitch, and he's said he's determined to win the fans over and become a Holte End Hero by showing he cares, he's passionate, and a cultured - but traditional - centre half that we can be proud of.
'Yes it's right, my nickname is Concrete Ron! I had some injuries in the past and I trained really hard to come back, I did some muscle training and came back very strong and after that, they gave me that nickname.'
There's no other way to phrase this, so I'll put it the way Paul Brown did.
On being asked if the nickname suggests he's a tough cookie...
'I think so, yes. I'm a player who wants to win every fight and every game. I play with a lot of passion. I just want to win. I hope to bring that over to the other players and the crowd and then we can be very strong.'
Sounds promising doesn't it! Have we found our Dutch Shaun Teale?
I hope so! Mellberg had the beard, I wonder if Ron fancies growing a tash?
For the full transcript of the interview please Click Here.
I'll just cherry pick a few quotes from the transcript.
'Are the likes of Wayne Rooney going to get past you?
'Villa have had the likes of Paul McGrath. Do you want to step into those shoes?
'Of course I hope to be close to him. Paul is a real Villa legend, I know that. If I am half as good as he was, it would be fantastic for me.'
Ron Vlaar Forum Thread.
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