• Chris Herd in action during a 2015 Australia training session (Getty Images)
Former Aston Villa defender Chris Herd has signed for Western Sydney Wanderers on a two-year deal.
Source:
SBS
13 Jul 2017 - 4:06 PM  UPDATED 13 Jul 2017 - 4:06 PM

Herd, 28, arrives in the A-League after making 14 appearances for English League One side Gillingham last season. 

Last year, the three-time Socceroo signed a two-year contract with Perth Glory but decided to return to England due to family commitments. 

Herd puts family before Glory
Chris Herd has revealed that the career of his wife and unity of his family took priority over his own football interests as he explained his decision to walk away from a two-year Perth Glory contract.

Herd has spent his entire professional career in England, most notably making 38 Premier League appearances between 2010 and 2013. 

Western Sydney will play Arsenal in a pre-season friendly on Saturday and Herd will be made available for selection, the club has confirmed. 

"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,” said Herd.

“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."

WANDERERS SQUAD

Goalkeepers:  John Hall (Injury Replacement Player), Vedran Janjetovic, Jerrad Tyson 
Defenders:  Jonathan Aspropotamitis, Keanu Baccus, Aritz Borda, Jack Clisby, Robert Cornthwaite, Brendan Hamill, Josh Risdon, Michael Thwaite 
Midfielders:  Kearyn Baccus, Roly Bonevacia, Chris Herd, Steven Lustica, Jacob Melling, Marc Tokich 
Attackers:  Jumpei Kusukami, Oriol Riera, Brendon Santalab, Lachlan Scott, Jaushua Sotirio 

Scholarship Players:  Abraham Majok (Attacker), Nicholas Suman (Goalkeeper)