Charles N'Zogbia insists he has no regrets about joining Aston Villa despite a nightmare first year with the club.
Last summer, the winger was making a high-profile move from Wigan Athletic as former Villa boss Alex McLeish splashed out £9.5million.
But ex-Newcastle United player N'Zogbia struggled for form as Villa spent the majority of the 2011/12 season battling against Premier League relegation.
The terrible campaign cost McLeish his job while Frenchman N'Zogbia was a target of criticism from fans after scoring just two goals in 32 largely ineffective games in all competitions.
Villa have also lost both of their matches of the new season under boss Paul Lambert but N'Zogbia is promising improvements, as he told the club's official website: "I've now been playing over here (England) for eight years, so I know what to do.
"I know what I'm capable of, and my focus is always to win games. Joining Villa was a good move for me. It was a difficult first season but I know I can work through that.
"I know the mistakes I made and I'm working on them. I know the other players much better now and that helps a lot."
N'Zogbia thinks his problem might have been that he was overly keen to impress and that altered his performances.
"When I came here, I tried to offer something different because I felt I was joining a bigger club with big-name players," he said. "Maybe I tried too hard but it just wasn't working.
"Now I'm determined to just be myself. I think I will benefit, and hopefully the team will as well.
"My strength is to be on the ball more often and go with it. That's what I'm aiming to do this season and I know I will be better for it."