Belfast Telegraph

Holman keen to make Villa mark

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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