Date of Birth:29/06/1992
Height:6' 1" (186cm)
Weight:12st 13lbs (82.0kg)
Previous Clubs:Nottm Forest (loan), Brighton (loan), Sheff Wed (loan), Coventry (loan),
The big factor that has held hugely-talented Gardner back has been injuries, which have plagued the 23-year-old since breaking into the first team.
The Villa fan will be hoping that is all behind him as he looks to become a vital member of Tim Sherwood's squad.
Sherwood showed his faith in the influential midfielder by handing him a new three year deal in August 2015.
Gardner spent the last campaign on loan at both Brighton & Hove Albion and Nottingham Forest in the Championship.
He returned to Bodymoor Heath just before the end of the Barclays Premier League season to be assessed by boss Sherwood ahead of this new campaign.
The boss liked what he saw and now it's up to Gardner to break into the team.
Gardner, who has been at the club since he was seven years old, previously penned a two year deal in June 2014.
He made his debut in the 3-1 away win at Chelsea in December 2011 and has gone on to play 18 times for the first team.