Chris Herd signs for Western Sydney Wanderers

Chris Herd with Wanderers chief executive John Tstatsimas.
Chris Herd with Wanderers chief executive John Tstatsimas.

Former Aston Villa utility Chris Herd has joined Western Sydney Wanderers on a two-year deal.

The 28-year-old was touted as one of Australia’s best young prospects when he burst onto the scene for the Villans in 2011.

But a series of injuries and off-field issues saw his career stall.

Herd comes to Wanderland on the back of a 14-game stint at English League One side Gilligham last season.

The Perth-born utility, who can play in either midfield or defence, has made three appearances for the Socceroos but has not played for his country since 2014.

“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,” Herd 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 focused on doing well for the Wanderers.”

Herd could feature for his new club as early as Saturday’s blockbuster friendly against Arsenal at ANZ Stadium on Saturday.

This season will be his first taste of A-League football, despite having signed for hometown club Perth Glory last season – he was released by mutual consent without making a single appearance.

Herd said he was impressed with what he had seen at the Wanderers so far.

“Just the whole set-up, the staff, the players, the stadium, fans, the whole package,” he said.

“It’s just a really exciting time to be a part of this club.”

The Australian joins a growing list of Red and Black recruits ahead of season 2017/18, including marquee striker Oriol Riera, fullback Josh Risdon, midfielder Roly Bonevacia and defender Michael Thwaite.

Western Sydney also announced the signing of young midfielder Marc Tokich, while its rumoured out-of-contract former striker Mark Bridge is on the verge of rejoining the club.