Last Updated: Tue, 18 Jun 2013 09:23
Brett Holman has stressed that he wants to be playing more first-team football if he remains with Aston Villa next season.
The 29-year-old Australia midfielder agreed a Bosman free transfer switch to Villa in March 2012 when Alex McLeish was still in charge of team affairs at Villa Park.
However, by the time Holman moved to the club from Dutch side AZ Alkmaar last summer Paul Lambert had replaced McLeish in the hot-seat.
Despite the change in manager, Holman was given an opportunity by the new regime to hold down a regular first-team place at the club.
But most of his 27 Premier League appearances came in the first half of last season as Holman gradually slipped down Lambert's pecking order.
And with Dutch midfielder Leandro Bacuna already on board in the summer, the situation is looking ominous for Holman going into next season.
Therefore he has spoken out to suggest that, if he remains on the fringes, a move for regular first-team football will be sought, especially if the Socceroos qualify for next summer's World Cup finals in Brazil.
Speaking in Australia's training camp ahead of a crucial World Cup qualifier against Iraq, he said: "I'll have to look at the best place where I'll play football.
"I have to be playing to be fit. If that's at Villa then so be it, if not, then so be it as well.
"I've still got two more years at Villa, so it's not as if I'm in a panic situation where I'm looking for a club and I'm desperately looking to get out.
"We'll just see what happens next season."
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