By Paul Brown
Habib Beye is enjoying a new lease of life under new boss Gerard Houllier and says he's ready to star in claret and blue.
Beye was used sparingly under Martin O'Neill's leadership after signing for Villa from Newcastle in August 2009.
But he has found far more chances under the new manager.
The 33-year-old defender feels his best will come when an extended run of games ups his match fitness levels.
But he is more than aware he must impress whenever the chance arises, with Luke Young and Eric Lichaj also looking to cement a place as first choice right-back.
He said: "Yes I am pleased I am getting a chance, of course. But when you are a professional footballer, you have to take it when it comes.
"Luke has done really, really well and then he got injured against Chelsea and the gaffer gave me my chance.
"Since then I have played games and I have tried to give my best in every game.
"To be honest, I have been pleased with how it's gone. You are never happy 100 per cent because you always want to give more but I played 11 games in one season and I didn't play before Chelsea for about a month so my last game was the Europa League game with Rapid Vienna.
"But yes I am happy and want to improve my fitness and then I think I will get better.
"I think you are at your best when you play six, seven or eight games in a row. That gives you your fitness.
"You train hard but the game gives you everything. You may train hard but it's nothing compared to a game.
"When you play a match like against Burnley, it's a hard game. We played 120 minutes. It gives you good fitness.
"But when the manager gives you a chance you just have to take it and give your best.
"Of course, if you play one game it's hard to be at your best if you haven't played for two months.
"But you just have to concentrate and do the right thing at the right moment."