Another loanee in

Last updated : 26 November 2009 By Peter Muxlow

City have signed Australian Chris Herd on loan from Aston Villa, with the 20 year old set to play at part at Northwich on Saturday.

Herd signed for Aston Villa from Australian club Bayswater City SC in 2005.

He has played in a variety of positions since joining Villa, but hasn't made a first team appearance. He can operate in either central-midfield and on the right-wing, although in the 2007-08 Reserve season, he was heavily deployed at right-back.

In July 2008 Herd was awarded with a new 2-year deal, keeping him at Villa Park until 2010. In December 2008 he was selected on the bench for Aston Villa's away UEFA Cup match against Hamburger SV.

In January 2008, Herd signed on a one month loan deal (subsequently extended) for Port Vale on loan. Herd received the first red card of his career in early February 2008, as Vale lost to Bristol Rovers. On his return to the team after suspension he scored two early goals in the 3-2 defeat to Hartlepool.

Herd then signed a one month loan deal with Wycombe in March 2008. Herd started three matches and made a sub appearance in another, to play in total four games for Wycombe. However returned to Aston Villa under a cloud after he was left on the bench for the match against Grimsby.

He joins City on an initial one month loan and is set to return to his parent club in the new year.