Habib Beye hopes his loan move to Doncaster will kick-start his faltering career.
The 34-year-old has only made nine league appearances since moving to Aston Villa from Newcastle in 2009.
He has dropped down to the Championship on a three-month loan deal in search of first-team football.
"You shouldn't be ashamed to drop down a level if you aren't playing for a team to try and get your career back on track," he said.
"I didn't play at Villa for whatever reason but I try to move on and I think it's a good opportunity to come to Doncaster Rovers and I will do my best for the club.
"I'm ready, I'm a fit guy. I train really hard every day and I'm really fit. I'm bringing my experience and I hope it will go well.
"The main thing is to keep the club in the Championship but you never know what can happen. What we need to do is pick up some points and build up the confidence of the team.
"If you get confidence you never know what you can achieve. It's a great club; it's a really nice stadium and I have met some nice people and we are all there to do a job."
Meanwhile, 17-year-old James Husband has signed his first professional deal with Doncaster.
Rovers boss Dean Saunders has given the set-piece specialist a two-year contract at the Keepmoat Stadium.
Husband is a product of Doncaster's youth academy and has scored five goals in 10 games for the under-18 side.