Herd pictured in February 2008.
|Full name||Christopher Herd|
|Date of birth||4 April 1989|
|Place of birth||Perth, Australia|
|Height||1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)|
|Playing position||Central midfielder|
|Current club||Aston Villa|
|ECU Joondalup SC|
|2008||→ Port Vale (loan)||11||(2)|
|2008||→ Wycombe Wanderers (loan)||4||(0)|
|2009–2010||→ Lincoln City (loan)||20||(4)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 19:10, 1 January 2013 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).
Christopher "Chris" Herd (born 4 April 1989) is an Australian association football player who plays for Premier League club Aston Villa. He has also represented his country at under-20 level. Herd can be described as a utility player who can perform competently in a number of positions, including central defence, full back and central midfield.
A graduate of the Aston Villa Academy, he was loaned out to Port Vale and Wycombe Wanderers in 2008, before spending the 2009–10 campaign on loan at Lincoln City. He made his Premier League debut in November 2010.
2005–2008: Early career
Born in Perth, Western Australia, Herd signed for Aston Villa from Australian club Bayswater City SC in February 2005, along with fellow Australian Shane Lowry, initially in a deal that was made up of a two-year Youth Training Scheme followed by him signing a one-year professional contract with the club.
He made 19 appearances and scored twice for Aston Villa Reserves during his YTS campaign, as well as 21 appearances and 1 goal for the Academy. Herd was also part of the squad that won the HKFC Philips Lighting International Soccer Sevens in May 2007, and was rewarded with a two-year contract following the success. He played in a variety of positions in his early career, most notably in central-midfield and on the right-wing, although in the 2007–08 Reserve season, he was heavily deployed at right-back. In July 2008, Herd was awarded with a new two-year deal. On 17 December 2008, he was selected on the bench for Villa's UEFA Cup match against Hamburger SV in Germany.
2008–2010: Loan moves
In January 2008, Herd signed on a one-month loan deal (subsequently extended) for Port Vale, and made his debut in the following match against Millwall. Herd received the first red card of his career in early February 2008, as Vale lost to Bristol Rovers. On his return to the team after suspension he scored two early goals in the 3–2 defeat to Hartlepool United on 12 February.
After returning from Vale Park, Herd then signed a one-month loan deal with Wycombe Wanderers in March 2008, with Wycombe needing to strengthen their midfield numbers following injuries and a suspension. Herd started three matches and made a substitute appearance in another, to play a total of four games during his spell. He returned to Villa after he was left on the bench for the match against Grimsby Town on 15 April.
Herd featured for Villa's first team during Villa's pre-season for the 2009–10 season, and despite missing a penalty in the shoot-out with Juventus in the Peace Cup final, he still finished on the winning side in 2009.
On 27 November 2009, Villa allowed Herd to join League Two side Lincoln City on loan until the new year. Villa granted him permission to play in the FA Cup, clearing the way for him to make his Lincoln City debut against Northwich Victoria two days after joining. Herd scored his first Lincoln goal in a 3–1 defeat to Rochdale on 12 December. Having established himself in the first eleven, Herd extended his loan with the "Imps" until the end of the season.
Through the previous season's loan stint, Herd had become a very popular player among "Imps" fans and he almost rejoined the club in August 2010, although the season-long loan fell through at the last minute.
2010–present: Aston Villa first team
This allowed him to make his Aston Villa Premier League debut against Manchester United on 13 November 2010, when he came on as a late substitute in the 2–2 draw at Villa Park. On 21 November, he made a substitute appearance by coming on in the 81st minute for midfielder Jonathan Hogg in a 2–0 defeat to Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park. A week later, he came off the bench late into a 4–2 loss to Arsenal at Villa Park. On 10 January 2011, Herd scored a hat-trick as the Aston Villa reserves recorded a 10–1 victory over Arsenal reserves. In January 2011 he signed a contract extension with Villa, tying him to the club until 2014. Herd made his first start for the "Villans" in a 3–0 defeat to Manchester City in the FA Cup Fifth Round. Due to the injuries and suspensions of a few senior defenders at Villa, Herd then followed this making his first Premier League start for Villa, lining up in at right back, in the match against local rivals, Wolverhampton Wanderers at Molineux on 19 March. At the end of the 2010–11 season, Herd made 7 appearances in all competitions.
He came back in to the side for the home game against West Bromwich Albion on 22 October, playing in a defensive midfield role. However, he was controversially sent off by referee Phil Dowd for an alleged stamp on Jonas Olsson in the 36th minute. Villa manager Alex McLeish defended the young defender, maintaining that he had "done nothing wrong". However, Jonas Olsson insisted that Herd kicked out and deserved his dismissal. It was confirmed two days later on 24 October that Aston Villa had appealed against the decision. The appeal was successful, and the suspension quashed. In December 2011, Herd had signed a new four year contract, keeping him at Villa Park until 2015. He scored his first top-flight goal in a 1–1 draw with Liverpool at Anfield on 7 April. On 2 May, he was recorded on video taking part in an early morning "nightclub brawl", along with team-mates James Collins and Fabian Delph. He said that his actions "were out of character", and was forced to pay a club fine as manager Alex McLeish called the incident a "slur on the club".
As both of his parents are Scottish, and he has not yet played in a competitive match for Australia, Herd is also eligible to represent the Scotland national football team. In September 2011, his current agent Darren Jackson and former agent Phil Williams confirmed that Scotland manager Craig Levein was aware of this and has been following the player's development. His father Willie said he had encouraged his son to play for Scotland, but that he was likely to reject any approaches in favour of continuing to represent Australia.
He received his first call-up to the Australia senior squad in November 2011, when he was selected for the World Cup Qualification matches against Oman and Thailand, but had to withdraw from the squad because of injury. He was called up again in August 2012, but was forced to withdraw from the squad due to a quadriceps strain.
- As of 16 December 2012.
|Season||Club||Division||League||FA Cup||League Cup||Other||Total|
|2007–08||Aston Villa||Premier League||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2007–08||Port Vale (loan)||League One||11||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||11||2|
|2007–08||Wycombe Wanderers (loan)||League Two||4||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||4||0|
|2008–09||Aston Villa||Premier League||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2009–10||Lincoln City (loan)||League Two||20||4||2||0||0||0||0||0||22||4|
|2010–11||Aston Villa||Premier League||6||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||7||0|
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- Includes other competitive competitions, including the Football League Trophy.
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