Aston Villa midfielder Brett Holman has warned manager Paul Lambert that he will leave the club if he is not provided with first-team football next season.
Former AZ Alkmaar midfielder Holman is desperate to become a part of the Australian national team's preparations as they seek to qualify for the World Cup in Brazil next year.
And Holman knows that to become a key member of Holger Osieck's team he needs to be playing regularly - something he didn't manage last season.
Holman was restricted to 27 appearances last season, with most of these substitute outings.
Holman struggled to become an integral player in new manager Paul Lambert's plans after the Scot replaced former manager Alex McLeish midway through the season.
Lambert's philosophy has been bringing the Villa youth players through into the first-team, with youngsters being preferred to senior players. The likes of Steven Ireland, Richard Dunne and indeed Brett Holman have all been restricted due to the new system implemented by Lambert.
Although Holman has insisted he is not yet looking for a new team, Holman is adamant that he will seek a Villa Park exit if he does not get more game time next season.
"Considering what happens after Tuesday night and obviously if we get a win, I'll look at the best way to play football," Holman told the Birmingham Mail.
The Socceroos will be one step closer to World Cup qualification if they obtain a positive result against lowly Iraq in midweek.
"I have to be playing to be fit; If that's at Villa then so be it, if not then so be it as well. I've still got two more years at Villa, so it's not as if I'm in a panic situation where I'm looking for a club and desperately trying to get out. We'll just see what happens next season," Holman concluded.
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