With the 2017/18 Sky Bet EFL season kicking off on Friday 4th August, the new campaign was celebrated with players, coaches and managers coming together for the #EFLSeasonLaunch.
d at Villa Park on Tuesday 1st August, the host club were represented by manager Steve Bruce and new captain John Terry, who were just two of a number of stars on show in the Midlands.
The skipper of the Villans' fierce rivals Birmingham City, Michael Morrison, was welcomed to the stadium, while Derby County had former Villa players Andi Weimann and Kevin Phillips – now first-team coach for the Rams – in attendance.
Rochdale's Joe Thompson was another invited guest, fighting fit after recently beating cancer for a second time. From Sky Bet League Two, Forest Green Rovers duo Mark Cooper and Christian Doidge, along with Notts County's Shola Ameobi, completed the line-up.
Invited press were in attendance too, covering the event across media channels and interviewing guests about their hopes and ambitions for the season ahead.
Here's what a few of those guests had to say...
John Terry - Aston Villa
Joe Thompson - Rochdale
Christian Doidge - Forest Green Rovers