Downing hoping to show Villa fans his best
The former Middlesbrough midfielder believes he will benefit from a full preseason.
“I just want to keep playing and doing well,” said the England wing hopeful. “It’s my first full season and going through pre-season helped.
“The confidence which comes with goals has helped and I just want to carry on.
“It was a little bit stop-start with Martin O’Neill leaving and then Kevin MacDonald and now Gerard Houllier.
“It’s been up in the air, but I think the players have responded really well.
“Everything has settled down now, we know who the manager is going to be for the next couple of seasons and it’s good for the players and for the club.
“The team is settled and starting to reap the rewards of that now.”