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Socceroo Holland joins Austria Vienna
06:56 AEST Wed Jan 18 2012

Australian international midfielder James Holland has signed a contract to play with Austria Vienna until the summer of 2013, the club's sporting director Thomas Parits said on Tuesday.

Holland impressed coach Ivica Vastic when he trained with the squad and he was asked to make the transfer move from his present club AZ Alkmaar in the Netherlands, although he is currently on loan at Sparta Rotterdam.

The 22 year-old has played five times for the Socceroos, but he was cut from the FIFA World Cup South Africa squad and last featured in the friendly loss to Slovenia under Han Berger.

He has not featured under Holger Osieck, his lack of first-team football hurting his claims, and he has moved to Austria after impressing on trial in Vienna.

"He is physically capable, understands the game and the technical pre-requisites for his position," FourFourTwo quoted Austria Vienna board member Thomas Parits as saying.

"He is a real gain for us."

Austria Vienna are currently fourth in the Austrian top flight, four points behind leaders and arch-rivals Rapid Vienna with the season due to resume after the winter break on February 11.


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