SOCCEROOS midfielder Brett Holman has confirmed a need for playing time may see him leave English Premier League club Aston Villa if Australia qualify for next year's World Cup finals.
Holman endured a frustrating maiden campaign in the Premier League, starting just one match out of 24 for Aston Villa after Christmas Day, which sparked speculation the 29-year-old Australian attacking midfielder may look to leave the Birmingham-based club.
With qualification to Brazil 2014 on the line on Tuesday when the Socceroos host Iraq, Holman revealed he would focus on finding a club where he can play regularly if Australia advanced to next year's World Cup finals.
"Considering what happens after Tuesday night and, obviously if we get a win, I'll have to look at the best place where I'll play football," Holman said.
"I have to be playing to be fit. If that's at Villa then so be it, if not, then so be it as well.
"I've still got two more years at Villa, so it's not as if I'm in a panic situation where I'm looking for a club and I'm desperately looking to get out.
"We'll just see what happens next season."
After 10 generally successful seasons in the Netherlands, Holman's dream move to the Premier League has not panned out the way he envisaged but the former AZ Alkmaar midfielder has put Aston Villa out of his mind ahead of the World Cup qualifier against Iraq at Sydney's ANZ Stadium.
After an inconsistent qualifying campaign, Holman reckons Australia have found some form at the right time and has urged Socceroos head coach Holger Osieck to stick with the same starting XI versus Iraq, which took on Japan and Jordan in the past fortnight.
"Obviously the Japan game was a great result and we worked hard and we defended really well," Holman said.
"I think you saw in the Jordan game that it just clicked a little bit more and obviously when you play more games with the same personnel it always helps because you know what type of players they are.
"Obviously (Iraq) have got nothing to play for any more but they'll come out and try to wreck the party a little bit.
"We'll try to be ready like we were in Melbourne (against Jordan) and be on our toes and start from minute one.
"We know what we've got to do and I think the last two games showed how well we're doing at the moment and that gives us a lot of confidence and it shows."
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