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Villa midfielder Gardner: Time to deliver on potential

Aston Villa midfielder Gary Gardner is determined to have a breakout season.

Potential is no longer enough. He needs to deliver.

"I've been here since I was seven," he told the Birmingham Mail. "I've been to the Villa games all my life. I was brought up around the area. It's a dream come true to play for the first team like I have.

"Obviously I've had a difficult couple of years due to injuries, but I've learned from that and the people around me have made me stronger. The club have been brilliant - now hopefully I can kick on and all of them are behind me."

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