Shorey hoping for Bouma return
Bouma missed the whole of last season after suffering a dislocated ankle during an Intertoto Cup clash with BK Odense at Villa Park in late July. He made a reserve-team comeback towards the end of the season but then suffered a further setback. Now Villa are hoping the Holland international will be fully fit for the start of the 2009/10 campaign. Shorey said: "One of the reasons I came here is that a club like Villa is going to have competition for places. "I was as gutted as anyone when Freddy (Bouma) didn't come back as quickly as we all hoped. We hope he'll be back for pre-season fighting fit. "I think everyone wants to see that and I'm no different. He's a great lad Freddy. I've come in here and he's made me feel welcome, which is nice. "When you're fighting for positions, whoever gets the nod, you've just got to back them fully with your support and hopefully you'll get a chance further down the line." Shorey experienced a rollercoaster first season at Villa following his £5million move from Reading. He was a first-team regular until November but then was left out of the Premier League side for four months and only started in cup matches before earning a recall. He said: "My own season was ups and downs but not the way I would have wanted it to go. "That's the way it goes in football, and in life sometimes, and you just try and take those experiences on board and try and make yourself stronger." Shorey even appeared to show anger towards Villa manager Martin O'Neill when he was substituted in a game close to the end of the season with Fulham at Craven Cottage. He said: "I am a footballer and I want to play football. That is the bottom line. I am not going to go into details (of the Fulham game). "I want to play football for the full 90 minutes. That is the bottom line. I like it when I am playing. You ask any footballer and he doesn't like when he is not. That is the way it is."
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