Agbonlahor: I hope Villa fans 'remember the good times'
Gabriel Agbonlahor has expressed hope supporters can “remember the good times” as he prepares to bid farewell to Villa.
The striker’s 17-year association will end this summer and Agbonlahor claims he has fulfilled a childhood dream by playing for the club he first joined as a schoolboy.
But he has also admitted to making a “lot of mistakes” during a career which has featured both highs and lows.
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Agbonlahor will be presented with a special service award ahead of Saturday’s home game with Derby, in recognition of his time at Villa Park.
The 31-year-old, the club’s longest-serving player, remains Villa’s all-time top scorer in the Premier League and will be most fondly remembered for his knack of netting derby winners against Blues.
But recent years have seen his career drastically decline and his relationship with fans became soured during the 2015-16 season, which ended in Villa’s relegation from the top flight.
In a rare interview, conducted with the club’s official website, Agbonlahor acknowledged both the good and bad in his career.
He said: “I’ll look back as the lad from Erdington, who had a dream of playing for Aston Villa.
“I made a lot of mistakes, like everyone does. But I have fulfilled a dream and created a lot of records.”
Agbonlahor, who is not expected to feature against the Rams, has scored 87 goals in nearly 400 games for the club since making his debut in March 2006.
He added: “I owe a lot to the fans. They have stuck by me through my whole career. They have been that 12th man.
“They have meant a lot to me. Hopefully they will look back on the good memories I gave them.”