Farewell to Terry after one sea­son De­fender dis­ap­pointed he couldn’t help club re­turn to top flight

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FOR­MER Eng­land cap­tain John Terry ad­mits he is “still hurt­ing” at fail­ing to help As­ton Villa se­cure a re­turn to the Pre­mier League after an­nounc­ing his de­par­ture from the Sky Bet Cham­pi­onship club.

Terry signed a one-year deal at Villa Park last July and made 35 league ap­pear­ances, the last com­ing in Satur­day’s play-off fi­nal de­feat to Ful­ham at Wem­b­ley.

The 37-year-old for­mer Chelsea de­fender wrote on his In­sta­gram page: “To­day I part ways with As­ton Villa Foot­ball Club. I’m very proud to have had the op­por­tu­nity to play and cap­tain this great and huge club.

“I have given my ev­ery­thing this year both on and off the pitch and I’m still hurt­ing to­day that we never man­aged to get back to the Pre­mier League, where this club 100 per cent be­longs.

“I would like to thank Steve Bruce who was in­stru­men­tal in me join­ing Villa, I have learnt so much from him as a man­ager this sea­son that will stay with me for­ever. Also, I’d like to thank all the staff and play­ers and our owner Dr Tony [Xia] who it was a real plea­sure and hon­our to work with ev­ery­day.

“Fi­nally, a spe­cial thank you to the Villa sup­port­ers who have sup­ported us both home and away in their thou­sands, up and down the coun­try and have been amaz­ing to me on a per­sonal level.

“Villa will al­ways have a place in my heart and I will look back on my time here and think about how close we were to reach­ing our goal. But now go­ing for­ward, I would like to wish the man­age­ment, staff, play­ers and sup­port­ers good luck for the fu­ture.”

Villa boss Steve Bruce said on the club’s Twit­ter feed: “I am ex­tremely dis­ap­pointed we’re not in a po­si­tion to keep John. As you might ex­pect, he was fan­tas­tic both on and off the pitch. He will be a mas­sive miss.”

A club state­ment thanked Terry for his “ef­fort and pro­fes­sion­al­ism” and added: “John is a true leader and was ev­ery­thing and more that we hoped.

“Hugely pop­u­lar and in­flu­en­tial in the dress­ing room, he played a real cap­tain’s role in cre­at­ing the in­cred­i­ble bond the play­ers shared with our sup­port­ers, and vice-versa.

“We hope he looks back on his time with Villa fondly and we wish him the very best as his ca­reer moves for­ward.”

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