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Aston Villa midfielder hopes to impress incoming manager Lambert during pre-season, and hopes he can be play a big part for his hometown club in the upcoming season

Aston Villa midfielder Barry Bannan plans to impress new manager Paul Lambert in pre-season as he aims to be a big part of the team.

Bannan, 22, has admitted that this could be a make or break season for him and hopes to become a first team regular at the club he joined aged 14.

But with a new manager installed at the club, Bannan is hoping that this is a new opportunity for him.

"It's probably make or break for me this season if I'm being honest," Bannan told the Birmingham Mail.

"It's a big, big season. I'm 22 now and I've got to be playing so hopefully I can have a strong pre-season and show the gaffer what I'm about."

And after a poor season for Villa last year, Bannan is hoping that a new manager can bring better form, with the midfielder playing a key role in the new look side.

Bannan added: "My aim this season is to be one of the main players in this team. I definitely think there's a lot more to come from me and I haven't fulfilled my potential just yet.

"I think I've shown it in flashes but not quite enough over a period of time. It's hard, especially last season as well when we weren't really winning games. It's tough for us.

"But hopefully this season with the new gaffer we'll start winning games and hopefully I can be a big part of that team."

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