Stan Petrov didn't have an easy path to the hearts of Villa fans.
He was pretty below-par when he joined the club and only really kicked on towards the end of his time in B6. That time would be tragically cut short by a cancer diagnosis that led the Bulgarian into early retirement. That being said, Stan is a survivor. He kicked cancer to the curb and started helping out behind the scenes at Bodymoor Heath and has voiced his concerns about the club via his twitter account in the past.
The climax of all of this comes now. The Birmingham Mail has come out with one of the most astonishing articles I have ever seen in my life. No. Seriously.
Stan Petrov, having beaten Leukaemia is apparently close to his old levels of fitness and wants to return to play football at the highest level. For Aston Villa FC.
I don't know what to say. Stan is thirty six years old right now and I can't believe that this is true. However, with the current attitude problem at Villa, Petrov would knock that right out of the park. Beating cancer, only to come back and play football.
It's what dreams are made of. I hope this is true.