By Will Butcher

Brett Holman has described the state of Aston Villa as a “shambles” when he joined the club in 2012.

The 32-year-old, who is now with Australian A-League outfit Brisbane Roar, revealed that the club was in disarray from the moment he walked through the Villa Park gates.

Speaking to the Birmingham Mail, Holman claimed that he was part of  a faltering team and that the Midlands giants’ relegation last term was unbefitting such a grand club.

“It was just a shambles, all over the place,” Holman told the Birmingham Mail. “It was a sinking ship and they got relegated and were an absolute disgrace last year.

“If you look at it now, as to when I was there (2012-13), I was halfway through the phase of a sinking ship in a sense.

“My time, though, was doomed from day one. You walk in to do your medical and Alex McLeish is walking out with his boxes!”

Australia international Holman joined the club from Dutch outfit AZ Alkmaar on a pre-contract agreement before officially joining on July 1 2012.

His time at Villa Park lasted less than 12 months, as he made just 29 league and cup appearances under Paul Lambert with 12 of those coming from the substitute’s bench. The likes of Fabian Delph, Stephen Ireland, Stiliyan Petrov and Ashley Westwood kept him out of the side.

Now back in Australia after a stint with Qatar outfit Al Nasr, Holman is looking to mount an A-League title challenge with Brisbane Roar after drawing their opening game against Melbourne Victory 1-1 on Friday.

In other Aston Villa news, the Championship outfit have poached this senior man from Everton.