Agbonlahor pledges Villa future

28 August 2010 11:20
Gabriel Agbonlahor has provided Aston Villa with a timely boost after pledging his long-term future to the club. Agbonlahor, 23, claims he is happy to stay at Villa Park for the remainder of his career. The England striker came through the academy ranks at his hometown club and is now Villa's longest serving first-team player. He was substituted during Thursday's Europa League exit at the hands of Rapid Vienna after picking up a calf problem. But despite the European exit and the departure of manager Martin O'Neill on the eve of the season which appears to have destabilised the Midlands club, Agbonlahor has no plans to move on. "I saw in the programme stats the other day that I'm the longest-serving player," he said. "I think I am one of the senior statesmen! I might bring that up with some of the lads. "But I'm a local lad and you look at people like Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard. "They don't want to leave their clubs and it's the same with me. Being from the area, I've got no reason to ever leave. "I'm just enjoying my football here and hopefully it continues."

Source: ESA