After nearly a week of intense speculation, it looks as though Mile Jedinak may well seal his move to Aston Villa today, after a picture emerged of the former Crystal Palace captain outside the Villains’ training ground.
Having been signed for the Eagles by Dougie Freedman following a recommendation from the Scotsman’s then assistant manager Tony Popovic, Jedinak quickly overcame what had been a difficult adjustment to life in South London, graduating to the role of club captain thanks to his countless heroic physical displays in the centre of our midfield.
Never the most technically gifted of footballers, Mile has always made up for what he lacks in finesse with leadership and desire; playing a pivotal role in both the club’s promotion via the play-offs in the 2013/14 season under Ian Holloway and our subsequent Premier League survival the following year with Tony Pulis at the helm.
Whilst few would suggest that the towering Australian’s game is well suited to the fast-paced environment of the English top flight, his mere presence at Palace both on and off the field is likely to be hugely missed by supporters and players alike, after a five-year stay that has coincided with a meteoric rise in our collective fortunes.
Aston Villa will be getting themselves a player whose very make-up epitomises what you would expect from a club captain. Humble, driven, inspiring and above all else commanding, Mile Jedinak will always occupy a special place in the hearts of Palace fans who have watched him regularly in recent years.
The picture attached at the top of the article would suggest that it is now just a matter of time until the big man is revealed holding a claret and blue shirt in front of Aston Villa’s emblem, but his departure from Crystal Palace will do nothing to dampen the respect and admiration our supporters have for him.
He’ll be hugely missed.