Australia defender Chris Herd is on the lookout for a new club after rejecting a short-term deal to remain at Aston Villa – but he has ruled out any chance of playing in the A-League.
On the brink of full fitness after suffering a knee ligament inujury while on loan at Wigan Athletic in February, Herd is aiming to return to the English Premier League, even if it means joining a Championship or League One club to regain lost momentum.
Father and mentor Willie Herd, who spent 13 seasons in Scotland’s top flight with Falkirk and Partick Thistle, said there has been some interest from second and third tier English clubs for the versatile defender, whose career has been hindered by a succession of injury setbacks since breaking into the Villa’s first team in 2011.
With 36 senior appearances in five seasons at Villa Park, the 26 year-old didn’t feature for the first team last season and was ruled out of the 2015 AFC Asian Cup with an Achilles injury.
He made just seven club appearances in 2014-2015, two on loan with Bolton Wanderers and four at Wigan.
“Chris’s contract has been officially terminated at Villa and while there have been some sniffs, there is nothing concrete on the table just yet from elsewhere,” Herd senior said.
“Two years ago he was playing in the Premier League but last year he played only a handful of games for Bolton and Wigan and a lot of people are still sitting on the fence.
“People can forget you very quickly when you are not playing. Villa offered him a three-month contract because (coach) Tim Sherwood wanted to have a look at him, but Chris said no to that.”