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Sunday Mercury: Chris Herd wants to kick off a family Christmas with a Premier present for his parents after flying them over from Australia for Villa's clash with Liverpool today. Herd's mum and dad, Karen and William, have proudly watched from afar back home in Perth as their boy has confidently burst onto the claret and blue scene. And after witnessing his starring roles on TV this season, they are hoping to see a live performance of their very own Wizard of Oz in action this afternoon.
Daily Star on Sunday: Alex McLeish has rewarded rising Aussie ace Chris Herd with a new deal - and challenged Aston Villa's other young guns to follow suit.
Yahoo Sports: Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish maintains he has been happy with Stewart Downing's form as he prepares to take the England winger back to Aston Villa for the first time.
Teamtalk: Aston Villa utility player Chris Herd has agreed a new three-and-a-half year contract with the club.
Daily Mail: Aston Villa utility player Chris Herd has agreed a new three-and-a-half year contract with the Midlands club.
ESPN: Aston Villa utility player Chris Herd has agreed a new three-and-a-half year contract.
Sky Sports: Chris Herd has agreed fresh terms with Aston Villa and is poised to pen a new three-and-a-half-year deal with the Midlands club.
Yahoo Sports: Alex McLeish has challenged his Aston Villa players to defy their "underdogs" tag and enhance their reputations in a series of forthcoming games against the Barclays Premier League's top clubs.
Sunday Mercury: Chris Herd's impressive emergence at Aston Villa this season will be rewarded tomorrow with a bumper new contract keeping him at the club until 2015.
Sunday Mirror: Aussie youngster Chris Herd will sign a new Aston Villa contract tomorrow — but plans to celebrate by helping mastermind a win over Liverpool.
Sunday Mirror: Newcastle are heading for a Tyne and Wear tug-of-war for Aston Villa defender James Collins. Toon boss Alan Pardew is lining up a £5million January swoop for 28-year-old Welsh star Collins - but Sunderland are ready to enter the race, with Martin O'Neill hoping to snap up the centre-half for a second time.
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