After being sent out on loan for the second time this season, left-back Enda Stevens concedes that his Aston Villa career is coming to an end.
Former manager Alex McLeish signed Stevens from Shamrock Rovers in 2011, but the Irishman has struggled to make an impact under Paul Lambert over the past two seasons, earning just nine first-team appearances.
Joining League One side Doncaster Rovers on a month-long loan last week, after spending October at Northampton Town, the 24-year-old’s claret and blue contract is set to expire in six months’ time and he admits that it’s now difficult to envisage his future being at Villa Park.
“It was good [being at Villa]. I’ve enjoyed myself, it’s a massive club. Paul Lambert gave me my debut so I was grateful for that, it’s just time for me to move on,” he told the Sheffield Star.
“It’s just football, it happens. You’ve just got to get on with it, do well and work hard.”
With Lambert buying positional rivals Joe Bennett, Antonio Luna and Aly Cissokho during his time in the west midlands, Stevens also spent a 14-game stint at Doncaster last season, and is looking forward to reuniting with boss Paul Dickov and his former teammates.
“It was easy to come back to Doncaster. I really enjoyed myself here last season. It was a no-brainer,” he said.
“The loan is for me, it’ll improve me and my football.”