Former ECU Joondalup youngster lands new EPL Deal

Former ECU Joondalup youngster lands new EPL Deal

Posted on September 5, 2014 in 'News'

Young midfielder Jordan Lyden is closing in on selection for Aston Villa’s first team squad after signing a two-year extension to his existing three-season deal with the English Premier League club. The 18-year old former ECU Joondalup junior will now be tied to the club until mid-2017 as coach Paul Lambert rewards his potential. Lyden has been on Villa’s books since he was twelve and is targeting a senior call up this season, as well as a place in the Young Socceroos side which will head to Myanmar in October in a bid to qualify for next year’s Under-20 World Cup.

Lyden is understandably thrilled with his new deal. “At the end of last season I was training with the first team every day and the great thing for me is that the boss Paul Lambert has taken a liking to me, which is a massive boost,” he said. “The boss has basically told me to keep pushing myself, knuckle down and to be ready when the opportunity comes. I’d love to make my debut this season but I will need to keep working hard and hopefully push on from there. My immediate ambition is be a part of the Young Socceroos team in October.”

Lyden considers fellow West Australian Chris Herd as his closest friend at Villa, and is delighted to see him fit again. “We were together at Joondalup and he’s a class player. He’s been a big influence on me and a bit of a role model in many ways over the years,” said Lyden. “We have been close since we were young and he’s been looking pretty sharp in training and I know he wants to grab his chance with Australia, and obviously force his way back into the Villa first team.” Herd was recently named in Australia’s squad for upcoming friendlies with Belgium and Saudi Arabia.