Chris Herd comments on his time with the Aston Villa academy

The Australian is now with Chesterfield United.

This summer saw Aston Villa utility man Chris Herd finally move on from the club.

The Australian international had been with the club for ten years after heading over from Australia as a 16-year-old and at one point looked like a future star of the first-team.

But injuries took their toll on the player. After spells with Port Vale, Wycombe Wanderers, Lincoln City, Bolton and Wigan Athletic on loan he left in the summer - joining Chesterfield on a free.

Herd, who play across the back four and in holding midfield, featured 42 times for Aston Villa and scored twice but by the time he had left in the summer he had not played a game for Villa since a 2-1 defeat against Stoke City in December 2013.

Now he has been speaking about his time at Villa and the club's academy.

He told The Star:


“When I came over to England to play it was a totally different world. It’s so professional and to make it through the academy structure you have got to work hard. It’s a privilege to play the game and earn a living out of it. So much goes on at clubs that not everyone sees.

“You’re heavily involved from day to day. The academy at Aston Villa developed me as a player and a person. It gave us the foundations and attributes to make a career out of the game. It didn’t come easy but I’m thankful for that experience.”

Villa have been struggling this season but they still have a great reputation for their youth development. They won the NextGen Series a few years back and the likes of Jack Grealish, Gabriel Agbonlahor and Ciaran Clark are a testament to the club's youth-team.

Hopefully there are plenty more coming through the ranks for whatever the future holds at the currently struggling Villans.

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