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Jedinak up for Villa thriller

AAP logoAAP 19/08/2016 Ben McKay

Socceroos captain Mile Jedinak might have dropped a division by signing with English Championship club Aston Villa but he's "over the moon" with the move.

Jedinak was edged out of his home of five seasons, Crystal Palace, having been stripped of the captaincy by divisive coach Alan Pardew.

The 32-year-old says he was delighted to hear of Villa's interest and rapidly agreed the $A7.6 million deal given the club's stature and strong fan support.

In his first interview since the switch, Jedinak agreed it was difficult to leave a club where he'd become part of the furniture.

"Having given five years of time for the football club and I went through a lot of things with them," he told the club website.

"The change is one that is exciting. I know it's going to be a challenge but one I'm up for.

"I'm over the moon.

"When the deal came about and the interest, it moved quite quickly ... and I'm thrilled to be here right now."

Villa are one of the fallen giants of English football.

The Birmingham-based club was relegated last season after a long malaise but boast a serious pedigree - only four clubs have won more top-flight titles and they are just one of five European champions to hail from England.

That success has brought a huge fan following and Jedinak says it helped him reach a deal.

"My first experience of this place - I've got very fond memories," he said.

"Everyone talks about the big stadiums in the country ... this was the one place that blew me away because I didn't really know what to expect.

"From the dressing rooms to the tunnel to coming out and playing on such a wonderful pitch.

"To have the opportunity to come here and hopefully play week in, week out brings a lot of excitement."

Jedinak promised to help build a togetherness at the club which was crucial in his successful promotion bid with Palace in 2013.

"I promise that I'll give 100 per cent every single game and every day I come to work," he said. That's all I can give and that's all I know.

"The football club should be in the Premier League and we need to get ourselves back up there."

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