Mile Jedinak is a done deal and another piece of a new Aston Villa spine has joined up.
The club posted this just moments ago on Twitter.
We are delighted to announce the signing of Mile Jedinak on a three-year deal. #AVFC #WelcomeJedinak pic.twitter.com/6Wb6RI9h5u— Aston Villa FC (@AVFCOfficial) August 17, 2016
The 32-year-old Australian is yet another leader coming into the locker room — fitting the transfer window’s pattern. The price tag for the former Crystal Palace captain is reported to be around £4 million for the midfielder who could slot in as part of a two man midfield or drop as a defensive midfielder. It will be interesting to see if the formation changes — or is Jedinak the late sub to see out a match that was needed against Huddersfield Town. Only time will tell but the Villa man was on hand to see the match Tuesday based on pictures snapped around the park. Hopefully he can plug this gaping hole in the team.
Mile Jedinak at Villa Park. It's understood he had a medical during @AVFCOfficial's game against @htafcdotcom pic.twitter.com/0wGOpdjcTB— FOX SPORTS Football (@FOXFOOTBALL) August 16, 2016
Fellow Aussie, and Villa youngster, Jordan Lyden spoke to SBS about the move (but before confirmation) and was thrilled to see his countryman on the way, "We had a chat and Mile seems like a terrific guy and to have a player of his calibre and quality is a massive boost for us, because the aim is to go straight back up and he can certainly help us do that."
Jedinak led Palace to promotion in the 2012-2013 season after joining them via a free transfer in August 2011. Judging by the Twitter reaction from the Selhurst Park faithful, the midfielder is still beloved and will be missed.
@CPFC unbelievable... Embarrassing. Shocking transfer, club legend who puts his heart and soul into every game. Should feel ashamed.— Tommy 'CPFC' (@Tommy_CPFC_2010) August 17, 2016