The 22-year-old midfielder enjoyed a productive time in the Championship but is now back at Villa Park, where the aim for both club and player will be to avoid second-tier football.
Gardner couldn't hide his delight on social media after Aston Villa's training session on Friday afternoon and he is now targeting a win against West Ham United on Saturday.
Luckily for Villa, the former Nottingham Forest loanee thinks Tim Sherwood's squad are 'looking sharp' ahead of the Premier League clash.
Gardner generally performed well for Forest during his spell in the Championship and the 22-year-old may well be able to offer Aston Villa something in their battle against relegation.
Sherwood's men look primed to secure their Premier League status thanks to the form of Christian Benteke, Fabian Delph and plenty of others - but remain just two points above the relegation zone for now.
Since Aston Villa's new manager took over, however, the club has been full of smiles.- and Gardner looks to be buying into that atmosphere upon his return from Nottingham Forest.