Western Sydney Wanderers have signed fringe Socceroo Chris Herd on a two year deal and is set to take his bow against Arsenal on Saturday.
The 28-year-old moves to Western Sydney from English League One side Gillingham, having made 14 appearances for the club last season.
The switch comes after he gave up on a previous move to Perth Glory a year ago when work-related problems for his wife Amii and their family made Herd quit and return to the UK.
Now he is at last set to make his delayed Australian club football debut after spending the last 12 years in England, most notably with Aston Villa where he made 36 English Premier League appearances.
A versatile utility player able to operate in both midfield and defence, Herd has represented the Socceroos on three occasions since making his debut in a friendly against Belgium in 2014.
Herd will also now be available for selection for the club’s first international marquee match against English giants Arsenal FC on Saturday night at ANZ Stadium.
Herd said he can’t wait to get started with the Red & Black.
"I’m delighted to get it over the line and get signed in time for Saturday and I’m looking forward to the season ahead,” he said.
“I’ve had great memories in England, I’ve spent the biggest part of my career there so far but this is my next chapter and I’m fully focussed on doing well for the Wanderers."
Herd said he’s been impressed by what he’s seen so far at the club.
He added: “Just the whole set-up, the staff, the players, the stadium, fans, the whole package. It’s just a really exciting time to be a part of this club.”