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22nd Mar, 2017 | 3:41pm

Midfielder admits he has held talks with Aston Villa boss Steve Bruce

By Matt Farr

Mile Jedinak has admitted he has been in talks with Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce over a new role with the club.

Aston Villa’s defensive woes this season have forced Bruce into tinkering with his line-up in recent weeks, and that has seen Jedinak deployed in an unfamiliar centre-back role.

However, the 32-year-old Australian has excelled in the position, and talks are underway between the pair ahead of a potentially prolonged stay in the new role.

Speaking to Australian news outlet The West Australian, Jedinak revealed that he had been in discussions with Bruce regarding his role, and that the Aston Villa chief was keen on the idea.

He said: “We’ve had a discussion on the possibility of doing something like that and (Bruce) is very keen on the idea of it.

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“I’ve been asked to have a think about it and see how I feel. It takes a bit of getting used to but I’ve got full belief and confidence in doing a job there.

“At the moment I’m happy to play my part in any which way and if that means playing at centre-back so be it.”

Traditionally a central or defensive-midfielder, Jedinak was deployed as a centre back in Aston Villa’s last Championship clash against Wigan on Saturday.

But despite the various problems that could have arisen from playing in a new role, Jedinak put in a typically commanding display, ensuring Villa kept a clean sheet.

Bruce had both Tommy Elphick and Micah Richards to call upon from the bench, but instead chose to deploy Jedinak alongside James Chester at the heart of the defence.

The Villa Park chief is confident that Jedinak can perform successfully in the role on a regular basis, having earlier hinted that it could help prolong his career.

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