Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 25 October 2014

Holman keen to make Villa mark

Brett Holman has won 53 caps for Australia

Brett Holman has set his sights on making his mark at Aston Villa with a combination of his Australian mentality and playing skills developed in Holland.

Midfielder Holman will link up with Villa next week when they report back for pre-season training after signing a pre-contract agreement in March while still a player with AZ Alkmaar.

The 28-year-old, who has won 53 caps for Australia, is hoping to emulate the success of fellow countryman, goalkeeper Mark Bosnich, at the midlands club. Holman told the Wolverhampton Express and Star: "The way they play in Holland is very technical and, mixed with an Aussie mentality, I think it is a great combination."

He added: "Playing under Louis van Gaal (at Alkmaar) you learn a lot as a player and that has definitely rubbed off on me.

"I also know about what a good goalkeeper Mark Bosnich was for this club and he really made his name here.

"He gave Australians a good name at Villa Park and I hope I can make an impact as well."

Sydney-born Holman, who can also operate as a second striker, joined Feyenoord in 2002 before moving to Alkmaar four years later and was part of their 2008-2009 title winning team.

He was part of Australia's 2010 World Cup squad and scored in the group matches against Ghana and Serbia.

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