By Amir Mir
Mile Jedinak has revealed he has been impressed by the ‘positive energy’ instilled by Roberto Di Matteo and Tony Xia in Aston Villa, as he signed a three-year deal with the club on Wednesday.
The club confirmed on their official website on Wednesday afternoon that the Crystal Palace midfielder had made a switch to the Championship side.
Jedinak, 32, praised the atmosphere around Villa Park and was asked to sum up the club in one word.
“It’s a tough one,” said Jedinak in a Facebook Q&A, quoted by the Birmingham Mail. “One word that sticks out is historic. You almost get a bit of a majestic feel.”
Jedinak also offered his thoughts on the ingredients required to succeed in the Championship.
“I’ve had the opportunity to do it once and what an experience that was,” he said.
“You need a real togetherness from the top to the bottom. Players, staff, management and fans need to be together. It’s a difficult season with so many games. You need to ride the wave together.”
The Australian won promotion with Palace in 2012-13, when he captained his side to a play-off final victory against Watford, winning the club’s player of the year in the process.
His new manager Roberto Di Matteo will be hoping he can provide the same impact at his new club, as the Italian looks to repair a fragile Villa team.
Jedinak joins a Villa side who have won one out of a possible four games this season, after the Midlands outfit picked up only three wins in the whole of the last season in the Premier League.
“I’m impressed, there’s no two ways about that,” said Jedinak. “I had a brief chat with the owner today and spoke to RDM [Roberto Di Matteo] a few days ago. You can feel the exuberance and positive energy of what they are trying to do. It’s definitely rubbing off.”
The claret & blue club are in unknown territory in the Championship, with the Villans last suffering relegation in 1987.
But Jedinak insisted he understands the task in hand and is looking forward to helping the former European champions win instant promotion.
“I know how big the club is having watched and played against them,” said Jedinak. “But I just think it’s a new challenge for me and one that I’m really looking forward to giving 100 per cent to the cause. Hopefully that takes us back to where we belong.
“I’d like to offer my knowledge and experience. Hopefully that will put the club in a better place. It’s no guarantee but I’ve done well in the past and I’m still determined to keep doing that.”
Di Matteo has added five other new summer signings, with James Chester, Ross McCormack, Aaron Tshibola, Pierluigi Gollini and Tommy Elphick signing for combined fees of £35 million.
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