Lewis Grabban has joined Nottingham Forest from Bournemouth, but has sent a message to Aston Villa fans where he spent the second half of last season on loan.
The 30-year-old signed for Bournemouth in 2016 but struggled to cement his place in the first team and has had three loan spells since his move.
His most recent loan was to Villa in February where he made 18 appearances, scoring eight goals and registering one assist.
Nottingham Forest snapped up the attacking midfielder for a fee believed to be around £6million as Karanka looks to rebuild the squad in the hopes of taking them back to the top flight next season.
Grabban became a popular figure at Aston Villa even though he was only there for a short time mostly down to his impressive goal-scoring record.
He posted a tweet after his move to Forest thanking the Villa fans for their appreciation while he was at the club and fans have been reacting to the heartfelt message.
You worked hard for us, chased every ball and every lost cause. We can’t ask for much more than that mate.
— V.M. (@VillaMouse) July 7, 2018
Always a warm welcome back at Villa park waiting for you ?? you were class ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
— Pete (@1874avfc) July 7, 2018
If only you’d have layed that ball off to Grealish a bit quicker … maybe we wouldn’t be having this conversation….
— Michael Nott (@BillBones84) July 7, 2018
Good luck lad? gave 100% every game, If only we’d have the money to sign you ourselves. Don’t score at VP?
— EH_AV (@Fwizzeda) July 7, 2018
Too respect to you Lewis. Villa fans enjoyed your time with us. A proper poacher. Good luck at Forest. A proper great English club. All the best ?
— Stewart Hawtin (@Stewie_Villa) July 8, 2018
Good luck Lewis, thanks for the goals and the effort
— Stuart Hadley (@StuartHadley1) July 8, 2018
Good luck at forest, I’m gutted we never signed you you had an great season with us on loan, I’m sure you’ll do good there best of luck
— Stacey Siviter (@siviyBrummie) July 8, 2018
Thanks for your efforts last season Lewis. They much appreciated. Good luck for the future ??
— Lord Lee Burstow (@Burstowl) July 8, 2018