London: English Premier League club Aston Villa have signed Brett Holman from Dutch side AZ Alkmaar. The Australian midfielder will join the club at the end of this season.
The 27-year-old moved to the Dutch Eredivisie leaders in 2008. He has been playing in Holland for a decade now, starting with Feyenoord and short spells at Excelsior and NEC Nijmegen before he joined AZ.
"I am delighted to have agreed terms with Aston Villa and I am looking forward to joining up with the team in the summer. Villa have a long and prestigious history in English football and a fantastic set of fans," Holman was quoted as saying by the Guardian.
The Australian has represented his country 53 times and was named by football writers as player of the year for 2011.
"Brett is a very intelligent player, a great team player and a man who is recognised in the game as a non-stop, committed wide midfielder player," the Villa manager Alex McLeish said.
"He has international experience and has played in the Champions League. He will add significantly to the experience in the Villa squad."