Darren Bent admits that he was surprised to hear that Mile Jedinak had returned to Aston Villa as a youth coach.

The former Villa and England hitman, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, revealed he did not expect the Australian to take up a coaching role after his playing career.

In a Q&A with supporters, as relayed by the Birmingham Mail, promising defender Paul Appiah revealed that Jedinak was now working as a coach in the Villans’ youth setup.

The former Crystal Palace man has been without a club this season, with Alan Hutton revealing his conversations with the former midfielder at Bodymoor Heath this term.

Bent admits he is shocked the 35-year-old has become a coach but insists his experience will be a valuable asset to developing the club’s youngsters.

Bent told Football Insider: “It’s a surprising one for me because I didn’t see that one coming about, I didn’t see Jedinak coming back and being a coach.

“I don’t know why I didn’t see it but I mean listen, fair play. It’s brilliant for the young kids and hopefully they can learn something from him.” 

Jedinak played a total of 80 times across all competitions during his time at Villa Park, leaving at the end of the club’s promotion-winning 2018/19 campaign.

He offers a wealth of experience to the Villa youngsters, with 147 Championship and 90 Premier League games under his belt.

In other Aston Villa news, Paul Robinson has suggested that two forgotten men could be handed shock new deals.