Herd to get one last chance at Aston Villa

Socceroo Chris Herd’s Aston Villa career isn’t over just yet despite the club confirming he hasn’t been offered a new deal.

Herd, 26, is out of contract at Villa Park, but wasn’t among the list of players released by the club on Monday, which included Darren Bent and Enda Stevens.

The Australian utility suffered a season-ending knee injury while on loan at Wigan in February, shortly after Tim Sherwood’s appointment as Villa boss.

It was widely expected Herd would be let go by Villa, but Sherwood is willing to give him a chance to impress when back to fitness.

“Chris Herd, whose contract also expires at the end of this month, will be monitored during pre-season by Tim Sherwood after completing his injury rehabilitation over the summer,” read a club statement.

Herd has endured a wretched run with injuries, including an Achilles problem which ruled him out of the 2015 Asian Cup.

The Perth-born utility has only managed 42 appearances since being promoted to Villa senior squad in 2010.

Herd has had stints on loan at a variety of lower tier clubs, including Wigan, Bolton, Lincoln City, Wycombe and Port Vale.