By Will Butcher
Aston Villa midfielder Gary Gardner revealed his pride after older brother Craig signed a new contract with Midlands rivals West Brom.
Craig has signed a new two-year deal at the Hawthorns, with his original contract set to expire in less than 12 months’ time.
Gary, who was in the youth academy when his older brother made his Villa debut in 2005, told his brother he was “proud” on his personal Twitter account on Wednesday evening.
— West Bromwich Albion (@WBA) October 12, 2016
Well done bro proud of you ✍? #newdeal
— Gary Gardner (@22Gards) October 12, 2016
Craig Gardner played for Villa for five years between 2005 and 2010, making 79 appearances in all competitions and developing a reputation for long-range shots. He found the back of the net six times during his time at Villa Park.
The midfielder, who made 14 England Under-21’s appearances throughout his fledgling career as a youngster, left a bad taste in the mouth of Villa fans by moving to rivals Birmingham City.
A three-year spell with Sunderland followed before he returned to the Midlands with West Brom in 2014, further angering Villa fans.
But Gary, who is five years Craig’s junior at 24-years-old, looked past that to congratulate his brother after he put pen to paper on a new deal.
Gary Gardner is set to feature for Villa under new manager Steve Bruce in Saturday’s tea-time clash against Wolves, as the Midlands giants look to win just their second game in all competitions this season.
In other Aston Villa news, Liam Ridgewell has had this to say about the appointment of Steve Bruce.