Australian international completes Bolton switch

Aston Villa's Chris Herd has completed a loan switch to Bolton Wanderers.

A graduate of the Aston Villa academy, 25-year-old Herd has made 36 appearances for the Villans since his debut in 2010.

A full Australian international, the twice-capped midfielder - who can also play all along the defence - made just two appearances for Villa last season, and has yet to appear this season, and the move to struggling Bolton gives him a chance to experience consistent first-team football.

A highly rated prospect, who joined the Villa Academy as a 16-year-old in 2005, Herd has yet to push on in his career and, at the age of 25, must surely be looking to move away from Villa Park as a way to kick-start his professional footballing career.

As reported by talkSPORT, the short-term deal runs until November 8th, and is his third loan spell away from his permanent club, following 35 appearances made with Port Vale, Wycombe and Lincoln City.

With Bolton having won just one of their eight games this season, Herd’s, albeit limited, experience in the Premier League will be useful for Dougie Freedman’s team, whilst the layer will be looking to impress whilst on loan, either to fight for a spot in the Villa first-team, or to extend his loan into a permanent stay at the Macron Stadium.

Herd becomes Freedman’s third signing in the last week, following the arrivals of veteran goalkeeper Paddy Kenny, and highly rated youngster Max Clayton, and the utility man is available to face Premier League giants Chelsea in the League Cup on Wednesday evening.

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