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Last Updated: Friday, 29 September 2006, 08:22 GMT 09:22 UK
Stoke complete Hendrie loan deal
Lee Hendrie
Hendrie has made over 300 appearances for Villa
Stoke have seen off competition from Crystal Palace and QPR to complete the loan signing of Aston Villa midfielder Lee Hendrie.

The 29-year-old has fallen out of favour at Villa Park, making only one substitute appearance this season.

That prompted the former England Under-21 international to ask Villa boss Martin O'Neill for a move.

His arrival will be a big boost to Tony Pulis' side who have won one of nine league games so far this season.

Hendrie was a key player for Villa as they finished sixth in the Premiership three years ago, David O'Leary's first season in charge.

However, he lost his place in the side after of a series of nagging injuries and made only a handful of starts last season.

He won the only England cap of his career as a substitute against the Czech Republic in 1998 - but hopes he can return to Villa Park and impress O'Neill.

"Martin spoke to me and said he has me in his plans and when I asked about maybe going out on loan he said it was a good idea," said Hendrie.

"I want to try to get my confidence back up, and go back and see if they will give me a chance.

"I need to get back to the form that I had a few seasons ago and prove to myself that I can get back to that level."

Hendrie tracked by QPR and Palace
26 Sep 06 |  Aston Villa


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