The youngster hopes to make his mark at Villa this term.
"I was at Millwall earlier last season and that helped a lot because I had stepped up to play Championship football which is a great place to learn and develop your game," he told the Birmingham Mail.
"Everyone there was great and it was a massive benefit to be able to go there and play at that standard pretty much week-in, week-out.
"I noticed the step-up from what I had played at reserve team and the academy sides.
"It's a great feeling to be stepping out in front of a crowd at 3pm on a Saturday in a competitive game where there are league points on the line.
"Part of it as a young footballer is living away from home and that helps you mature as a person. I was obviously down there with Shane Lowry so it helped having someone else there who I knew so it was useful from a settling in perspective."