Birkir Bjarnason says now is the time for him to shine as he looks to get his claret and blue career up and running again.
Bjarnason, a January signing, missed the closing months of the previous campaign with a knee injury.
He rehabbed over the summer and has played a full part in the pre-season training camp here in Portugal.
The Icelandic star, nicknamed Thor, is now determined to make a big impact for Steve Bruce’s men.
He told us: “When I joined, I managed to get into the team and I felt good. It was so disappointing to get injured.
“The staff at Villa were great and actually they got me back quite quickly. I kept positive.
“It’s a new start for me this season. I think it’s going to be very good.
“I feel very well now. I had a good rest over the summer but also managed to get a game in too with the national team. I feel really good.
“The training camp in Portugal has been very good. The weather has been superb, the facilities are great and training has been intense and hard – but we need that to get fit for the season.
“It’s good to get started now for me. The fans can expect a hard-working midfielder, I like to get in the box and I like to score goals. I feel I can offer all kinds of things.”