The 21-year-old has endured a tough start to his career with the Villans, with injuries limiting his playing time, making just 41 appearances for the club since his £8 million move for Leeds in 2009.
In early 2012 he spent time on loan at his former club to get games under his belt and is now determined to make an impression at Villa Park under new boss Paul Lambert to help his side move up the Premier League table.
"I feel good and I feel stronger than I have in the past," he told the Birmingham Evening Post.
"I started the season then ended up out of the team but I've been working hard and managed to get back in.
"I'm pleased with that but I want to push on, do better and have a lot more of an impact than I have done.
"I had a good run last year but I wasn't fully fit. I am now and it is nice. People judge you when you get a run of games in the team and it is nice to be judged when you are fully fit."