Ireland chasing new Villa deal
Settled at Villa, the midfielder admits that under manager Paul Lambert he is finally "getting a fair crack at things" - and he hopes his displays can earn him a new deal.
He told the Mirror: "I still have 18 months on my contract left. I'm hoping my performances will get me a sit down.
"We haven't had any sit down or chat yet but it's obviously understandable as it's still early days."