Aston Villa manager Roberto Di Matteo says he is confident of handing Aussie Mile Jedinak a starting debut against Derby on Sunday morning (AEST).
Jedinak has been sorting out his visa since making the move from Premier League outfit Crystal Palace on a three-year deal and Di Matteo said “everything seems to be fine” for the Championship clash.
Speaking ahead of the match, the Villans manager said he had identified the 31-year-old Socceroos skipper as a high priority target for his young side early in the transfer window.
"We kept on asking and eventually we managed to sign him which is really good news,” he said.
The gaffer added: “Mile has certain attributes that are important to our team and our group.
“He has leadership, experience, tactical and technical ability – and has good physicality. He has a lot of points that draw me to him. We are pleased to have him.
“I wanted to improve the spine of the team. It’s something that many managers look at - but you have to identity the right people.
“We are pleased so far on the signings we have made.”