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Hendrie issues Rams plea

19 Jun 2007 - 16:19:21

Former England midfielder Lee Hendrie has issued a come-and-get-me to Derby County after ending time with Aston Villa.

The 30-year-old is a free agent after well over a decade at Villa Park and is hoping to be handed an opportunity to stay in the Premier League.

He told the Derby Evening Telegraph: "Derby would be perfect for me. They're obviously a club that are going places and any player would want to be a part of that.

"My agent spoke to Derby and they said they were going to have to wait until the manger knew his budget and things like that.

"Billy (Davies), like a lot of managers, is on holiday at the moment but, hopefully, I'll hear something in the next couple of weeks.

"I've started training already. I'm training with a fitness coach to keep myself ticking over. My pre-season is going to start a lot earlier than most other players.

"I want to make sure I start next season absolutely flying. I want to make a big impression at whichever team I'm with. I've got a point to prove."

Hendrie made more than 300 first-team appearances for Villa, but spent almost all of last season on loan at Stoke City.


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