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Villa midfielder Herd happy to commit to Australia

Aston Villa midfielder Chris Herd goes into their game against Liverpool armed with a new four-year deal.

Herd, 22, who joined Villa as a schoolboy seven years ago, is also eligible to play for Scotland - his parents were both born north of the border - but has opted to play for his native country.

He was chosen for Australia's recent World Cup qualifiers with Oman and Thailand but had to pull out of the squad through injury.

Herd said: "I was born and raised in Australia and I love the country and I just want to represent them.

"Tim Cahill is the player who inspires me most. He came from Millwall and now is playing for Everton and Australia.

"He is the great model I look up to. After his move to Everton, he's been a star in Australia."

Herd's parents, William and Karen, are flying over from Australia, to watch him in their Barclays Premier League clash with Liverpool.

Herd's father played professional football for Partick, Falkirk and East Fife.

Herd added: "It will be the first time they've seen me in a match live. They moved over to Australia when they were 28."

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