"I've spoken to a few lads throughout the summer and they've mentioned what a good player Billy is," he told Express & Star.
"It will be good competition for places and I'm looking forward to the season ahead. I was pleased with the way I finished the season and hopefully I can continue that in pre-season and be a major part of the plans under the gaffer.
"I was a bit disappointed last season that I didn't play more, especially in the run that we had when we weren't getting results.
"Hopefully I can start more league games next season and be a major influence, whether that's at right-back or slotting in for the odd game at central midfield.
"I'd just be delighted to be out there a bit more."