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Promotion would be one of my greatest feats: Terry

 

By Liam Blackburn

John Terry insists adding a Championship promotion with Aston Villa to his decorated CV would rival his other significant achievements in the game.

However, the former Chelsea and England captain knows that their season would have to be deemed a failure if they fail to restore their top-flight status.

Having won 15 major honours at Stamford Bridge, including five Premier League titles, the Champions League and Europa League, Terry ended a 22-year association with the Blues when he dropped down a level to pen a one-year contract with Steve Bruce's Villa.

Terry snubbed interest from other Premier League clubs due to a reluctance to face Chelsea and the 36-year-old is hungry to collect more winners' medals before he turns to management.

Asked where winning promotion with Villa would rank, Terry said: "It would be really special, it would be up there.

"To step out of my comfort zone was a big decision for me. I still feel like I can play, hence my decision to come here. There's enough competition within the group to push me. Working with other players, seeing another league, all of it excites me.

"We have to work our socks off to prove ourselves within this league because it's tough. It's probably one of the most unpredictable leagues within football.

"We have to make sure we have an identity that we're going to be at it regardless, whether we play well or not."

Twelve months ago Villa had hoped to go straight back up to a division they spent 28 years in prior to their relegation in 2016, but they experienced a disastrous start under Terry's old Chelsea boss Roberto di Matteo and eventually finished in the bottom half.

The acquisition of Terry, along with the likes of Glenn Whelan and Ahmed Elmohamady, has ensured the Villains are among the frontrunners for promotion this time around too.

And Terry accepts anything less than a top-two finish will not do. Asked if not winning promotion would mean the club had failed, Terry said: "Yeah.

"We have to go up as champions, if not automatically. We are one of the biggest clubs in the league and with the history of this club as well, it deserves to be back in the Premier League."

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