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Socceroos Midfielder Brett Holman Agrees to Join Aston Villa

March 12, 2012

Australia midfielder Brett Holman reached an agreement to join Aston Villa from AZ Alkmaar at the end of the season, the Premier League team said.

The 27-year-old Holman, who’s scored eight goals in 53 games for the Socceroos, signed a pre-contract agreement to join the Midlands club when his deal with the Dutch Eredivisie leader expires, Villa said on its website.

“Brett is a very intelligent player, a great team player and a man who is recognised in the game as a non-stop, committed wide midfield player,” said Villa manager Alex McLeish.

Holman has spent the past 10 years in the Netherlands, where he also played for Feyenoord, Excelsior and NEC Nijmegen. He moved to Alkmaar in 2008 and helped the club win the Dutch title in his first season.

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