Midfield enforcer and loveable beard, Mile Jedinak, departed Aston Villa last season as his contract came to a natural end and plenty of fans wished we’d have given him a 12 month extension, even if it was mainly for his leadership and motivation qualities in the dressing room.
Despite football being paused at this moment in time, the former Australian international legend is now back with us at Bodymoor Heath, taking on Academy coaching duties. Following the 35-year-old’s release, he had actually stayed with us to help keep himself fit as he assessed his future options chipping in with the younger lads, but with no new club tickling his fancy and with him being settled in Birmingham, he seems he has now officially joined George Boateng as a coach in our Under 18 group.
Would You Have Him Back In The First Team?
Love Him, But No
Former Chelsea youngster, 17-year-old centre half Paul Appiah, confirmed his coaching position when answering a question from a fan on Instagram.
Vital Villa’s Mile Jedinak Forum Thread
With the confirmation coming in, there are now photos doing the rounds of Jedi putting out youngsters through their paces.
— villareport (@villareport) March 28, 2020
And fans are quite pleased with his more official return – and the fact his beard is as magnificent as ever.
And how to grow the perfect beard 👌
— Kev (@Kevavfc1993) March 28, 2020
return of the jedi
— Tom Hunter (@TomHunterAVFC) March 28, 2020
Underrated player during his time at the club. No doubt!
— Amir Mir (@Amir_R_Mir) March 28, 2020
Non of our youth will ever miss a penalty
— L1PMN Reece (@T_Mings_40) March 28, 2020
— Elmo 🇪🇬 (@AVFCElmo) March 28, 2020
Things you love to see 😍
— NΛTH (@lVathan_) March 28, 2020
If this is true it's a good thing. Kids will learn lots from him.
— Captain Jack. (@CJ7891234) March 28, 2020
— SamaGoalSZN (@SamaGoalCrazy) March 28, 2020
Defo. He’s always been a massive professional player, top man, full of values and respect. That’s a shame he couldn’t find a new club but very happy to keep him close of our hearts 👌🏼
— Quentin Gesp (@quentin_gsp) March 28, 2020
Good, was exactly the right type of character our club needed when we signed him and his experience and professionalism will be a huge asset to the young players. It's great that so many ex players clearly hold a strong affinity for the club when they've moved on 👍
— Simon O'Regan (@SiORegan) March 28, 2020
I’d kill for a beard like the mighty Jed 😂
— Jay (@Jayslugsfat) March 28, 2020