ISL 2018-19: Chennaiyin FC signs Christopher Herd

Christopher Herd can feature in defence as well as midfield, and will play for the club for the rest of the season.

Chris Herd has played for Aston Villa in the English Premier League. Photo: Special Arrangement

Christopher Herd, an Australian who can feature in defence as well as midfield, has been brought in by Chennaiyin FC for the rest of the Indian Super League season.

Herd, a product of the Aston Villa academy in the U.K., has played for Aston Villa in the English Premier League, and was part of the Australia squad that clinched the 2015 AFC Asian Cup trophy. He has also played in the English League One, and Australia's A-League.

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Herd joins the club after a stint with Buriram United, a side that is part of the Thai top-division league. He will be eligible for selection on Saturday, February 2, for Chennaiyin’s contest against FC Pune City.

‘New challenge’

Looking forward to donning the new jersey, Herd said, “Chennaiyin FC is a new challenge for me and one I am genuinely excited about. I am looking forward to help the club pick up as many points as possible in the remainder of the ISL campaign and of course there are two cup competitions to look forward to after that.”

Head coach John Gregory said, “In Chris [Herd], we are adding versatility to our squad with the focus being on the upcoming cup competitions. They will be our top priority and Chris will bring a lot of quality and experience in a vital area of the pitch.”

The new signing has been announced three days after the parting of ways with defender Inigo Calderon.