By Harry Sykes

Steve Bruce has described Mile Jedinak as “some man” and a “colossus” as he spoke in glowing terms of the Aston Villa player.

The Villa manager has been blown away by not only the footballing calibre of Jedinak but also his role as dressing room leader.

Midfield anchorman Jedinak has been an integral member of the Midlands club’s team since joining for £4million from Crystal Palace last summer.

Jedinak has started 32 of Villa’s league matches and played 34 matches in total for the side in what has been a testing campaign despite the huge sums spent in the last two windows on new talent.

The 32-year-old Australia international is an immensely popular figure among the Villa faithful for his commitment and no-holds-barred style of play.

It is a view echoed by manager Bruce as he ran the rule over one of the club’s better signings of the last year.

“Mile Jedinak is a colossus. He’s some man,” Bruce said, as quoted by the official Villa website. “He keeps himself in great shape and he was right to play the two games in 48 hours.

“He was terrific and I was very, very pleased with him.”

Villa are next in action on Sunday, when they host bitter rivals Birmingham in a Championship clash at their home ground.

Bruce’s side are 13th in the table, 11 points clear of Birmingham, who are 21st and just two points clear of the drop zone.

In other Aston Villa transfer news, the club have been installed hot favourites to sign a 25-goal striker ripping up one of the world’s toughest leagues.

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