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Jedinak lands at revamping Villa

AAP logoAAP 17/08/2016 By Ben McKay

Socceroos captain Mile Jedinak has found job security, and national team coach Ange Postecoglou hopes piece of mind too, after signing for revamping Aston Villa on a three-year deal.

Jedinak, 32, is on the move for the first time in five years after he was deemed surplus to requirements at English Premier League club Crystal Palace.

The midfielder captained the club as they were promoted to the English top flight and led them to a first FA Cup final in 26 years last season.

Tenacious displays in midfield made him a firm fan favourite, but having found himself on the outer of Palace manager Alan Pardew's plans, he moved swiftly to find another club.

While the move takes Jedinak down a division from the Premier League to the Championship, there are worse destinations than the Birmingham-based club.

Villa spent a reported $A7.6 million on the Socceroo, showing their admiration for a player entering his twilight years.

After a miserable 2015/16 Premier League campaign in which the club finished last and was relegated, a new owner is breathing life into the former European champions.

Eccentric Chinese businessman Dr Tony Xia bought the club in the off-season and has begun a renewal project that aims to take Villa back into the Premier League.

New coach Roberto Di Matteo, who took Chelsea to the 2012 Champions League title, has been given full control to re-shape the squad and has made Jedinak his latest statement signing.

Villa's spending on new players has already tallied $A62 million this season.

But perhaps more importantly, the facilities at the club are considered elite and Jedinak will find a fine training base that suits his Socceroos ambitions.

His Villa debut could be delayed by paperwork, with a statement on the club's website saying he was yet to obtain league registration, "which is subject to the issuance of the relevant UK Visa and Immigration documents".

Postecoglou said on Wednesday he hoped his star man having security around his future would help his football for the Socceroos.

"Players are always happier when they're settled rather than a little bit of indecision or conjecture about their futures," Postecoglou said.

"He'll come in (to Socceroos camp) feeling pretty good about things if he's settled."

Jedinak has been selected in the Socceroos' 23-man squad for World Cup qualifiers against Iraq and United Arab Emirates next month.

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