Given frustrated at lack of Aston Villa role

The former Republic of Ireland international has slipped behind Brad Guzan at Villa Park and is desperate to find a chance for first-team football, ideally in the Premier League
Aston Villa goalkeeper Shay Given says that he just wants the chance to play, having slipped behind Brad Guzan in the Villa Park pecking order.

The 37-year-old has fallen out of favour under manager Paul Lambert, having made just nine appearances for the club since the end of the 2011-12 season, and was linked with Liverpool and Doncaster Rovers over the summer.

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With the Premier League's transfer window shut until January, Given – who would prefer to remain in the top flight – would have to drop into the Football League should he move out on loan before then.

"As a footballer, as a player, that's all you want to do - play in front of big crowds, to show people you've still got the ability to play, hopefully in the Premier League," Given told The Birmingham Mail.

"It's just frustrating that I'm not playing and it's hard to keep training and know there's no game at the end of the week.

"I'm fit as a fiddle, I feel really sharp and I'm just raring to get the chance if it comes along.

"Things can quickly change in football - injuries, suspensions, you never know - so, if I do get my chance, then I've got to be ready to take it."