By Dan Harrison
Chris Herd reckons fellow Aussie Brett Holman will be a perfect fit for Villa when he arrives from AZ Alkmaar in the summer.
Herd is the latest player from the claret and blue camp to welcome the signing of Holman after the 27-year-old midfielder agreed a pre-contract with the club this week.
He believes his compatriot's big-game experience will rub off on Alex McLeish's squad.
As well as earning more than 50 caps for Australia, Holman has experience of Champions League football from his time in Holland.
"Brett's a fantastic player and he has been for a long time for Australia and also in Dutch football," said Herd.
"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 also pointed to the renowned competitive Australian mindset as a major plus point of Holman's signing.
And he admits it is great to see Villa's contingent from Down Under boosted after close pal Shane Lowry departed for Millwall earlier this season.
"From a personal standpoint, too, it's great to have him in, to have another Aussie around the place," said the 22-year-old.
"Shane was here before but, obviously, now he's gone so it will be great to have someone new in.
"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."
While Holman's impending arrival has created excitement ahead of next season, Herd insists Villa are still determined to accumulate as many points as possible this term.
"We feel like we've been playing well in games and competing strongly," he added.
"Our aim now is definitely to push up the table as high as we can.
"We played well against Fulham and in the end we got our just reward.
"We know we have the players to get some wins and really push on from here, so that's what we're aiming for between now and the end of the season.
"The Bolton game is one we're looking forward to and we'll try to secure another good result."
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