Roos skip Jedinak unsure on Villa future

Ben McKay
Uncertainty isn't fazing Mile Jedinak, who is re-focussing his efforts on a World Cup tilt

Australia skipper Mile Jedinak is shrugging off club disappointment by immersing himself in the thick of a third World Cup campaign with the Socceroos.

The 33-year-old was the last man into camp following Aston Villa's run to the Championship Playoff, a match billed as the highest-stakes match in sport.

A 1-0 loss to Fulham sent the London club into the Premier League at Villa's expense.

"I don't have a lot a lot of words for it," Jedinak said.

"It's not a nice way to lose, especially in a game of that magnitude.

"A really disappointing way to end what was a good season; one that we all had high hopes for but unfortunately on the day we let ourselves down."

The result has brought major consequences for Villa, which has stood down its chief executive as it contends with an unpaid A$7.4 million tax bill.

The club had highly geared its investment and player payments towards a return to the lucrative Premier League, but instead the former European champions are saddling up for a third season in England's second tier.

Player sales and cutbacks appear inevitable.

Jedinak says he "isn't too sure" what the future holds for him.

"I haven't really had too much discussion with anyone from there yet. There may be a decision to make," he said.

"That might change, but I do have a year left on my contract."

The late season finish impeded Jedinak's arrival to the camp in Turkey, but Australia's midfield warrior said the play-off run made for good preparation for the World Cup, especially given the 85,000-strong crowd for the showpiece match at Wembley.

"It was something similar to what you might experience when you're coming into a World Cup, a big crowd split 50-50 down the middle," he said.

"You don't really get that too often.

"Obviously it meant I was the last one to come in regarding the players.

"Now I'm here I can see the work that everyone is putting in is showing.

"The boys got a lot of information last week and this week and I'm enjoying being a part of it, learning what's been asked of us and implementing that."

Since joining in, Jedinak has found himself at centre-back in a number of tactical training setups, suggesting a potential switch between defence and midfield.

"I've done both positions in training so I assume that I'm being looked at in both positions," he said.