Terry's contract is understood to be lucrative, especially by Championship standards, with the defender who made more than 700 senior appearances for Chelsea set to earn around £60,000-a-week at Villa.
"With things going to the end at Chelsea, I put everything to the side, a lot of managers were respectful of that", Terry said. Bruce himself did so when he joined Sheffield United in 1998, taking over as their boss on a player-manager basis and playing 11 times that season before retiring in November 1998.
"This is a real statement of intent from Aston Villa", beamed Buck.
Blues manager Harry Redknapp made his intentions to sign Terry clear last month, following his departure from Chelsea. "They were 22 fantastic and unbelievable years that I will never forget but I'm excited about this challenge here of getting us up".
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"Steve being Steve has persuaded me to come, and I am delighted because I still wanted to keep my playing, my hunger is still there at 36.
I'm hoping to bring in maybe five or six players and spread my budget to build a team rather than putting all my eggs in one basket with one outstanding player".
"It has to be the biggest signing of my career", said Bruce.
Terry has dropped down to the Championship as he did not want to play against his former club Chelsea in the top-flight.
"We made him a good offer early but to be honest it was always a hard one because I felt maybe I am looking to bring in five or six players".
"It's a huge acquisition for all of us here".