New Aston Villa midfielder Steve Sidwell is looking forward to playing football again having spent most of the last 12 months watching from the sidelines.
The 25-year-old has completed his £5million move from Chelsea after signing a three-year deal and hopes to resurrect a career which stagnated at Stamford Bridge, where he made just 25 appearances - 12 of those as a substitute - in a year-long stay after joining on a free transfer from Reading.
"I am here now and can't wait to put a Villa shirt on and play for the fans. For me personally, it's about getting back and playing," he said. "I have had a year of not playing as much as I would have liked so to get out on the pitch is the first aim.
"It's straight down to work really. I have already done some pre-season with Chelsea but the hard work starts now."
Sidwell will now link up with his new team-mates for a pre-season tour of Switzerland.
"I am absolutely delighted to join. I am over the moon. It's taken a while but now it's done I am excited and looking forward to meeting my new team-mates and getting on the pitch and playing football," Sidwell added on the club's website, www.avfc.co.uk.
"There's been a lot of speculation and rumour about the deal and it has played on my mind a little but I've been professional and kept my head down."
Sidwell's arrival increases the likelihood of club captain Gareth Barry leaving. However, how soon that will happen will depend ultimately on whether Villa boss Martin O'Neill and Liverpool counterpart Rafael Benitez can reach a compromise after weeks of haggling over a fee for the England international.
Barry is unlikely to play for the club again, having been asked not to attend pre-season training and fined two weeks' wages for comments made about O'Neill allegedly not bothering to speak to him about his future.
O'Neill is holding out for £18million for the midfielder, a price Benitez is reluctant to pay in a straight cash deal.
The compromise may be a cash-plus-player offer - it has already been suggested right-back Steve Finnan has been singled out as a potential makeweight - and it may be O'Neill has to back down from his position rather than keep an unhappy player and risk further disruption in the dressing room.