By Paul Brown
Samir Carruthers believes his elevation to the first team has proven his decision to quit Arsenal for Villa was the right one.
Carruthers, a former academy ace with the Gunners, moved to Villa Park in 2009 after finding his opportunities limited in the capital.
And the former Arsenal U16s skipper hasn't looked back since, charging through the gears to impress for the youth, reserve and now the senior side.
His big moment came when he wowed as a substitute against Liverpool in April 2012.
And he's determined to build on that as the 2012-13 campaign draws near.
He said: "I just didn't feel like I was ever a favourite at Arsenal and people were always put in front of me.
"It was a good club to come up through. Everyone asks me why I left and say it's crazy but at the end of the day look where I am now.
"I'd got people in front of me and I hardly ever felt like I was getting a chance there. I don't think I'd have been anywhere near a debut if I'd have stayed at Arsenal.
"I had a week's trial at Villa, they seemed to like what they saw and from there it went on.
"Before I came I didn't really know too much about Villa, but when I arrived and saw the facilities I was very impressed.
"At Arsenal, at London Colney, the facilities there are good. I've been to Fulham and other places too, but Villa had the best facilities and made me feel the most at home.
"It's a family club, so I really wanted to come here, my heart was set on it and I've got no regrets."
Click here for a host of interviews, features and highlights on our online channel AVTV.