Herd's new deal a Roos boost

Chris Herd’s bid to win back his spot in the Socceroos squad has been boosted after signing a new deal with Chesterfield.

Herd, 26, joined the English League One club in August on a four-month deal after being released by Aston Villa.

The midfielder, who hasn’t played for Australia since October 2014, has only been handed a contract until the end of this season.

Herd has made 16 appearances for the Spireites in central midfield this season.

The club last month appointed Danny Wilson as their new boss and Herd has done enough to impress him.

The Perth-born talent was replaced after 45 minutes on Saturday night, after picking up an early knock and a booking on the stroke of half-time.

Injury-cursed Herd told FourFourTwo in November: “I’m looking to stay until the end of my season and play as many games as I can.

“I’m enjoying it. It’s a good group of players so it’s nice to be back on the pitch.”

Australia’s next matches aren’t until late March with World Cup qualifiers against Tajikistan and Jordan.

With fitness back and a run of games, Herd may be in the mix for his first call-up from Ange Postecoglou since withdrawing from the 2015 Asian Cup due to injury.