Terry undaunted by Villa challenge

John Terry says his past footballing achievements won't be diminished by what transpires at Aston Villa this season.

The former England and Chelsea captain took the decision to join the Villans, who are fighting to reclaim their Premier League status after being relegated in 2016.

One of the founder members of the Football League in 1888 and of the Premier League in 1992, Villa have a proud history, but will need a massive improvement on the pitch this season if they are to improve on their 13th-placed finish last term.

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Speaking to BBC Radio 5 live, Terry said he was ready for the rigours of the Championship and feels in no way threatened by what lies ahead.

He said: "You don't put 22 years on the line, having won what I've won – that remains regardless.

"Over the years at Chelsea, they haven't all been successes, we had some really disappointing ones.

"But if you can have a really good year and get promoted and win a trophy, the disappointing ones get forgotten a little.

"If I can add this to a long list of trophies and successes, fantastic."

Terry, who spent a brief loan spell with Nottingham Forest in the Championship in 2000, added that he is excited by the challenge.

"When I look back to when I first came into football, that was kind of what it was about – the big battles, long journeys on the bus. There were no private jets and those kind of things.

"I'm adapted to that. I'm not worried in the slightest.

"The physicality of the Championship doesn't worry me at all, it has always been a big part of my game.

"I'm really looking forward to it and am excited by the challenge ahead."