Date: 12th March 2012 at 6:30pm
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Villa have tonight announced that AZ Alkmaar’s Australian midfielder Brett Holman will join the club in the summer of a free transfer.

Sorry I’ve just covered my monitor in coffee – gis a sec.

The 27 year old wide midfield player has been capped 53 times by Australia since making his debut in 2006 and has gained huge experience in Holland playing for Feyenoord, NEC Nijmegen and AZ Alkmaar.

He was also Australia’s erm Australian Football Media Association’s Player of the Year in 2011.

Speaking to the Official Site Alex McLeish said:

‘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 midfielder. He has international experience and he has played in the Champions League and at European level for the past few years. He will add significantly to the experience in the Villa squad.’

Holman himself told the OS:

‘I’m delighted to have agreed terms with Aston Villa and I am looking forward to joining up in the summer. Villa have a long and prestigious history and a fantastic set of fans.’

Interesting move for the player who for the remainder of the season will now be aiming to add a championship medal to his collection as Alkmaar look to finish as Eredivisie champions.

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