Aston Villa Sign Socceroo Attacker

RUSTENBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - JUNE 19: Brett Holman of Australia celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Group D match between Ghana and Australia at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium on June 19, 2010 in Rustenburg, South Africa. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Many thanks to friend of the blog Mat Kendrick, who broke the news that Aston Villa have made a move to shore up their attack by agreeing to terms on a pre-contract with Australian forward but usually midfielder Brett Holman. Holman is apparently seeing out his last days with Dutch side AZ Alkmaar. Having spent most of his career in the Netherlands playing for various clubs, he's scored 66 goals since 2002 in the Eredivisie. He's also made 53 appearances for the Australian national team scoring eight times in international play, including two goals in the 2010 World Cup.

Holman will add some depth to the Villa squad and being quite thin on attackers at the moment it seems like he'll be a nice, low cost option to fit into the rotation. He will not be eligible to join Aston Villa until his current deal expires. If you're not sure what the Bosman ruling is, it is a ruling that allows an out of contract player to leave his club without a transfer fee.

Since I love you, dear reader, here's a clip of Holman scoring an absolutely awesome goal from way out vs. Serbia in the World Cup. It's the second goal in the clip, after the jump.

Note: it is excellent and I do not expect to see him do this very often for Villa. But it would be nice.


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