Holman to wait and see on club future

May 31, 2013
By Guy Hand

Socceroo Brett Holman admits his frustration with being frozen out at club level has him considering his future with English Premier League side Aston Villa.

From being the Socceroos' best player at the 2010 World Cup finals, Holman goes into the business end of the 2014 qualifiers having barely played in the past six months.

He has made just one starting appearance for Villa since December, just five substitutes appearances since mid-January, and has been out of favour with manager Paul Lambert.

Holman's attacking attributes and monstrous midfield workrate remain critical to the Socceroos' hopes of qualifying for the World Cup - and he is clearly in Australia's best 11 when right.

But his lack of recent football raises obvious questions about how his dearth of match fitness will affect him going into Tuesday night's clash with Japan in Saitama.

The 29-year-old admits he will give his club future serious thought once he finishes his national team commitments.

"It's tough to say," Holman said when asked how much longer he could tolerate the situation at Villa going into a World Cup year.

"I'll knuckle down for the next two and a half weeks (with Australia), then the future comes in.

"Maybe I have to make a decision. Maybe not. It all depends on what happens at Villa.

"If something needs changing, then a change will be made."

Holman can expect far more game time in the next fortnight than he has had in the past six months.

The Socceroos must secure as many points as possible in their remaining World Cup qualifiers against Japan, Jordan on June 11, and Iraq on June 18 to cement their spot in Brazil next year.

Coach Holger Osieck has already publicly backed in Holman to play a major role in the qualifiers, and he showed what he can do with his crucial goal in the 2-2 draw against Oman in March.

The midfielder is confident despite not having played regularly, he can start and play out all three matches if required.

"I feel good, my fitness levels even at training I feel fine," Holman said.

"Obviously training compared to a game is completely different, but my body, I feel good."