Exiled Shay Given today targeted a January exit to end his Villa nightmare.
The goalkeeper is eyeing a move in the New Year after failing to convince boss Paul Lambert he can regain the No.1 shirt.
Given is third choice behind Brad Guzan and Jed Steer and has not played a Premier League game since August, 2012.
A summer switch to Liverpool collapsed and now Given is after a move to reignite his career.
“When you have played virtually every game throughout your career it is difficult, especially when you think you should still be playing. I will just train hard until January and hope something comes up,” said the 37-year-old.
“I am disappointed I’m not involved but I still have three years left on my contract, and I know I am fortunate to have that security.
“There’s a lot of good lads out there who haven’t even got a club at the moment. I could still be sitting here this time next year, no change, or something might come up in January.”
Villa paid Manchester City £3m in 2011 and he was first choice under Alex McLeish before Guzan replaced him when Lambert took over last year.
Steer was signed from Norwich in the summer to be Guzan’s understudy and push Given close to the exit.
But Steer revealed Given was his hero growing up and is learning from training with him.
He said: “Obviously working with Shay and Guz has been brilliant as well. You just look at them. Shay’s played so many games, he’s so experienced, he was an idol of mine when I was younger so it’s been great working with the two of them as well.
“You want perfection. I’ve learned that off them, every ball coming towards you, you’ve got to have it every time. Everyone can always improve, all aspects of my game.”