Chris Herd

Name:
Chris Herd
Nationality:
Australian
Date of Birth:
04/04/1989
Height:
5' 8" (173cm)
Weight:
12st 0lbs (76.2kg)
Previous Clubs:
Bolton (loan), Lincoln City (loan), Wycombe (loan), Port Vale (loan),
Position:
Midfielder


Utility man Chris Herd is another player to come through the ranks - but he has sacrificed more than most.

In 2005, Herd moved to Villa Park from Perth, Australia along with former trainee Shane Lowry.

He played in a variety of positions in his early career, most notably in central midfield and on the right wing.

He featured 19 times for the reserves during his YTS campaign and made 21 appearances for the academy.

Herd was also part of the squad that won the Hong Kong Soccer Sevens in May 2007 - and was rewarded with a two-year contract following the success.

In the 2007-08 reserve season, Herd mainly played at right back and his reputation grew.

In December 2008, Herd was selected on the bench for Villa's UEFA Cup away match against Hamburg.

Loan spells at Port Vale and Wycombe Wanderers followed.

Herd featured for Villa's first team during their pre-season for the 2009-10 campaign and was part of the side that lifted the Peace Cup.

He spent a large part of the following season on loan at Lincoln City where he built up a strong rapport with the Imps fans.

Herd made his Premier League debut against Manchester United in a 2-2 draw at Villa Park during the 2010-11 term under Gerard Houllier - a game which saw seven academy graduates grace B6.

In January 2011, Herd scored a hat-trick for the reserves in a 10-1 demoltion of Arsenal's reserves.

For the last couple of seasons, Herd has been on the fringes of the first team squad.

Herd has been working hard throughout pre-season ahead of the 2014-15 term so will be raring to go - and Paul Lambert knows he can throw the Aussie in for a number of roles and be guaranteed 100%.

At present, he is out on loan with Bolton until November 8, 2014.


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