By Amir Mir
Mile Jedinak has insisted he is prepared to shoulder the responsibility of helping Aston Villa gain promotion back to the Premier League.
Jedinak signed for the Championship side from Premier League outfit Crystal Palace in August after putting pen-to-paper on a three-year deal.
The Australian is known for his leadership qualities on and off the pitch, and the 32-year-old captained Palace to promotion via the play-offs in the 2012/13 season.
Jedinak now wants to do the same with his new club and insists he is prepared for the pressure that lies ahead.
“I don’t have to prove anything to anybody,” said Jedinak in The Birmingham Mail. “Anyone who knows me in the football industry know what I’m about. It’s about a new challenge and a new chapter.
“If everything goes into place it will be a fantastic journey bringing this club back to where it should be, and shouldering some of the responsibility makes me feel very privileged.
“If you understand the magnitude of how big a football club Aston Villa is, there’s a lot to be excited about. There’s great ambition there to return to the Premier League.
“I know from experience that it will never be easy but that’s the challenge and one I will give my all to.”
Jedinak captained Australia to a 2-0 victory in a World Cup qualifier on Tuesday, with the midfielder set to take to the field on Tuesday against the UAE.
He will then travel back to the Midlands as Villa look for their second win of the season against Nottingham Forest on September 11.
His tough no-nonsense approach to the game is exactly what Aston Villa fans want after a relegation season that was characterised by players not giving their all to the club.
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