Aston Villa FC (@AVFCOfficial) September 10, 2014
Football fans love nothing more than a local product showing serious commitment to their side, and Birmingham-native Gabby Agbonlahor’s new-four year deal at Aston Villa certainly shows his dedication.
The 27-year-old first joined the club as a schoolboy in 1994, before working his way up through the ranks to earn his Premier League debut in 2006, since going on to score 79 goals in 320 appearances, while also earning three senior England caps in the meantime.
'It is good news for me to commit my future to the club and play the rest of my best years for Aston Villa,' he said.
'It is a four-year deal. That is what the contract provides – it gives me the chance to play for such a big club for the next four years.
'I’ve always said I only wanted to play for one side and that dream has come true.
'It is something that I have always dreamed, to think of staying at a club the size and stature of Aston Villa for the whole of your career.
'I am just delighted. It is great news for me and my family and I think it good news for the club as well and I look forward to repaying their faith in them.'
Agbonlahor has struggled somewhat to find his scoring boots in recent seasons, leading to some criticism from the claret and blue faithful during the club's battles near the foot of the table under managers Gerard Houllier, Alex McLeish and Paul Lambert.
Nevertheless, as one of the few players who has stayed committed to the cause when a bigger move could have been on the cards, most appreciate the contribution he has made, and the reaction upon the announcement of the new deal shows there are still a sizeable number who hold him in high regard.
Gabby signing a new deal at least proves we're renewing contracts so hopefully the others will follow suit soon #avfc— Lee Bickerton (@Lee_Bickerton) September 10, 2014
Gabby signs, as long as Delph & Vlaar follow then that's ok #AVFC— R (@Hamster_1874) September 10, 2014
Gabby's new 4yr contract. That's a year for each goal he scored last season. #avfc— Leighton Castle (@LeightonCastle) September 10, 2014
Best thing about Gabby news is that we must be locked in negotiations with Grealish, Delph & Vlaar too #AVFC— JB (@jsb_av1) September 10, 2014
Gabby signing a new four year deal is like being told you're having porridge for breakfast. Not exciting, just business as usual #avfc— Cian Carroll (@CianByName) September 10, 2014
I'm not a huge Gab fan, but he's premier league standard, can do a job on his day + can't deny he's mad Villa, so I'm happy he's signed up— Richard Whitehouse (@rjw_avfc) September 10, 2014
I don't mind gabby but I was expecting Delph or Vlaar or someone half decent— JR (@jrhz23) September 10, 2014
Gabby has his doubters but great to see him sign a new deal, still deadly, still frightens defenders, and if we ever play Blues.....— Chris Goodman (@avfcgoodie) September 10, 2014