Jenas jumped at Villa chance

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Jermaine Jenas admits he is chomping at the bit to start turning in the type of performances he knows he is capable of delivering at Aston Villa.

The deadline day loan signing from Tottenham Hotspur knows that he will have to work hard in order to break into manager Alex McLeish's first-team, but is excited by the challenge that lies ahead.

Jenas believes the Villa squad is already packed full of quality, and he is determined to use the competition for places as motivation to help him rediscover his best form, that seemed to elude him during the later part of his Spurs career.

"It's been frustrating for me being in and out, in and out and it's almost impossible to generate any form," he said. "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, so I can't wait.

"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 young at 28, I've still got plenty of energy and plenty more to come. I'm so delighted to be joining Villa. I'm thrilled to be here. It's a fantastic stadium and a fantastic pitch.


"The fans, every time I've played here, the atmosphere they generate really does help the home team. They've always been brilliant. I'm really looking forward to getting out there and playing for them."

Jenas' arrival coincided with the permanent transfer of Tottenham teammate Alan Hutton, and having previously played alongside Darren Bent at White Hart Lane, there is already a familiar feel to his new surroundings.

"I know Benty really well and I've been watching him progress since he's been here," he continued. "He's done really well.

"It's going to be nice to have him back on my team and be back playing with him. Having people you know at a club is nice, it helps you settle in a lot more easily.

"Hutts has signed too, of course. I've been with him for the past three or four years. I'm delighted for him as well that's he's signed a permanent deal. I know he's raring to go as well."

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