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Kightly sees Milner as role model

Michael Kightly
Michael Kightly cost Wolves only 25,000 from Grays Athletic three years ago

Wolves winger Michael Kightly sees Aston Villa midfielder James Milner as a good example to young players across the country.

The pair have both featured for the England Under-21 side in recent seasons and Milner is now a full international.

"I think he's a good model for every professional footballer, especially young footballers," he told BBC WM.

"He's got a great attitude, he's a very good player and he's had a great career so far."

Kightly added: "I'm sure he'll go one to do great things, he's a good lad as well. If I can copy what he's done, I'll be over the moon with that."

What a great club that club is - I'm hoping we can emulate them for many years in the Premier League

Michael Kightly on Villa

Kightly's debut season in the Premier League got off to a stuttering start as he struggled to regain match fitness following surgery on a foot injury over the summer.

He made his first start in the top flight in the 1-1 draw at Everton last weekend, and is now eager to retain his place for the derby game against Villa at Molineux.

The former Grays Athletic winger sees a parallel between the two clubs, as they both look to sign ambitious home-grown players.

"That's what I like about Villa, there's a lot of young English players - they may have to pay through the roof sometimes for them, but they've done that," said the 23-year old.

"What a great club that club is - I'm hoping we can emulate them and do what they've done for many years in the Premier League."

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