Aston Villa youngster Gary Gardner has insisted that he can make a positive impact at Villa Park by breaking into Tim Sherwood's starting XI next season.
Two major injuries have prevented the 23-year-old from putting on a Villa shirt since May 2013, but the midfielder managed to pull together some crucial playing time while on loan at both Brighton & Hove Albion and Nottingham Forest last season.
"It's time for me to step up now. After a season in the Championship I feel I'm ready to play in the Premier League again," said Gardner, according to the Daily Mail.
"I've done it before at a young age when I was 19. I know there's competition but you want that. You never want to feel comfortable, you always want to be fighting for places.
"I'm ready for that and I'll give 100% for the gaffer and make his decision hard. Hopefully he'll pick me."