Aston Villa stalwart Gabby Agbonlahor wants to extend his long claret and blue service by signing a new contract with his boyhood club. Agbonlahor would love to remain at the club until he retires and admits it “feels weird even thinking about putting another shirt on.” The Brummie striker’s existing deal expires at the end of next season and there have been no discussions about an extension yet. Agbonlahor is Villa’s current longest-serving player having made his first-team debut seven-and-a-half years ago in March 2006. He is battling a persistent ankle injury, which ruled him out of the draw at West Ham, and is a major doubt for Saturday’s visit of Cardiff. Asked if he would like to prolong his stay at Villa beyond the summer of 2015, the Bodymoor Heath academy graduate simply replied: “Of course. “But I’ve still got a year-and-a-half left, which is a long time in football, and you leave things until the right time. It’s about playing football at the moment. “It is hard in this league to be a one-club man but it’s always been on my mind to play for Villa until I retire. It feels weird even thinking about putting another shirt on.” Gareth Barry is Villa’s longest servant of the Premier League age having played 440 times during 11 years at the club. Agbonlahor, who has made 295 appearances, would love to match his friend’s record, but insists he is more concerned about helping the team than personal milestones. “I’m here for another year and a half, equalling Gareth Barry’s record doesn’t really bother me,” added Agbonlahor, who turned 27 last month. “It’s more about keeping my place in the side, keeping playing for Aston Villa and if I get longer than him then that would be good. “A lot of players move on but for me it’s about working hard and achieving things with Villa and hopefully I can stay at the club. “The club has got high hopes and we are building the squad. Look at the facilities, fanbase, Villa Park and the training ground. There’s no reason why you would want to leave. “If you look at the teams we’ve beaten on our day, if we get the right bit of luck and the team plays together, then we can do well. It shows there are good things happening.” Meanwhile, former Villa favourite Dwight Yorke reckons the claret and blues should consider using another penalty taker after Christian Benteke’s miss against Everton. Benteke also missed his first penalty of the season at Arsenal, but converted the rebound.
Gabby Agbonlahor keen to sign new deal at Villa Park
Birmingham Mail | Nov 7