Jedinak’s ‘gratitude and respect’

By Graham Hill

MILE Jedinak has said an emotional goodbye to Villa fans following his release by the club.

The Australia intentional’s contract is up this summer and he joins Albert Adomah and Alan Hutton in exiting the club.

With Villa releasing a number of veteran players, it is a clear indication that boss Dean Smith plans a major overhaul this summer after winning promotion to the Premier League.

Jedinak posted on Instagram: “Gratitude and Respect for what the claret and blue means to those who support this incredible football club. Always proud to be associated with @avfcofficial #utv.”

The 34-year-old joined Villa on a free transfer three years ago when Roberto di Matteo was manager.

And Jedinak has played under two more managers since then as Villa tried to haul themselves out of the Championship.

Jedinak played in last year’s Championship Play-off Final where they lost to Fulham and – before the game – warned of a ‘sliding doors moment’ if they lost.

His prediction came true as Villa faced a summer of financial uncertainty before new owners took over.

Jedinak helped Villa to the final this year after slotting home in the penalty shoot-out at West Brom when he was sent on as a 120th minute substitute.

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