Last Updated: Fri, 16 Mar 2012 09:16
Chris Herd is delighted with Aston Villa's signing of Brett Holman, claiming he has 'pedigree and quality'.
The 22-year-old Australian starlet has spoken out after Villa boss Alex McLeish moved to snap up his fellow compatriot on a pre-contract agreement which will see Holman arrive at Villa Park in the summer from Dutch outfit AZ Alkmaar.
Herd is pleased that Villa's Aussie contingent will stand at three, with Shane Lowry also in the squad, and feels 27-year-old Holman has the experience which will help the club make progress in the Premier League next season.
On Holman, who has 50 caps for the Socceroos and has played in the Champions League with AZ Alkmaar, Herd told the Villa website: "Brett's a fantastic player and he has been for a long time for Australia and also in Dutch football.
"Just look at the amount of games he's played for Australia and for AZ Alkmaar, big games too in the Champions League and at the World Cup.
"He has loads of experience in European football and internationally and the fact he's played in the biggest tournaments underlines his pedigree and quality.
"He knows what it's all about. He's won things and that experience will really help us.
"I think he'll be a really good addition to our squad. As a player, Brett's very good with the ball and he's quick."
Herd added: "That Aussie mindset can really help everyone. He'll be a good person to have around and he's the kind of player who will excite the fans.
"He brings a load of energy onto the pitch and that fits in with how we want to play the game.
"I think he's a really good signing who will do really well for Villa."
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