Aston Villa’s Chris Herd is aiming to use his month-long loan spell at Bolton Wanderers to get back into manager Paul Lambert’s first-team plans.
Herd, 25, made his first appearance of the season in Bolton’s midweek Capital One Cup defeat to Chelsea, having fallen out of favour at Villa Park over the past two campaigns.
The versatile Australian international’s contract is set to expire in the summer, but he hopes to impress enough during his time with the Trotters to convince Lambert than he can be a valuable contributor at the Premier League level going forward.
‘I’ve been over in the UK for 10 years now,’ he told the Birmingham Mail. ‘I left Perth and found myself dropped in the middle of Birmingham at 15 years old. It was a massive difference.
‘I moved over here without my family, and without a friend, and I’ve been here ever since. I’m used to living away.
‘I’ve been out on loan to League Two, League One and now the Championship – I’ve been kicked, booted and shoved all over the place, I’m used to it now.
‘I’m at a place where I need regular first-team football and I wasn’t getting that at Aston Villa.
‘Bolton came in for me and I couldn’t resist such a big club. There’s a great history here and you sense that coming into the place.
‘All I’m thinking about now is performing and playing in as many games as I can.
‘My contract runs out in the summer but at the moment I’m just looking forward to testing myself at Bolton.
‘I’m just excited to be playing football again.’
Having come up through the Villa ranks, Herd has made 42 appearances for the claret and blue since his top-flight debut in November 2010, including 20 during the 2011-12 campaign under former boss Alex McLeish.
He has featured in just 15 games since Lambert’s arrival, however, and, with the summer arrivals adding more competition for places, he faces an uphill battle to revive his career with the midlands side.