LOAN WATCH: Stoke loanee Ireland feels his Villa career could be over
The 27-year old midfielder has joined the Potters on a season-long loan and feels that if he can impress new manager Mark Hughes that his days at Villa Park could be done.
"If I do well at Stoke and they want me at the end of the loan spell - and as I will be out of contract - I think that, yes, my Villa career is effectively over," he told Sky Sports.
"I would [consider staying at Stoke permanently], as my first impressions of the club have been fantastic. Everybody has been so welcoming and there seems to be a great buzz about the place.
"I just can't wait to be a part of it and start playing again on a regular basis."