Jenas eyes first-team run
Jermaine Jenas is excited by the prospect of first-team action again but admits he must earn his place at Aston Villa.
By Jamie Casey
Last Updated: 02/09/11 2:12pm
Jermaine Jenas is excited by the prospect of regular first-team football again but is aware he must earn a place in Aston Villa's side first.
The 28-year-old midfielder sealed a transfer deadline-day loan move from Tottenham, with defender Alan Hutton making the same move on permanent terms.
Jenas has struggled to fit into the Spurs team over the past two seasons, and was desperate to make the move once he was made aware of Alex McLeish's interest.
"It's been frustrating for me being in and out, in and out and it's almost impossible to generate any form," said Jenas, who has 21 caps for England.
"Obviously, I've still got to get into this team. It's a very good side with some very good players. That's one of the reasons why I was chomping at the bit to get up here.
"I looked at what they had within the squad, how I would fit into that and what we could achieve and it excited me."
Jenas will not have given up hope of resurrecting his England career, particularly with the European Championship coming up next summer, and he believes he still has a lot to offer.
He added "I've got to work hard in training to try and get a starting place within this team and then I can build up my form and produce the kind of performances I know I can produce.
"I'm still a young 28, I've still got plenty of energy and plenty more to come."