New-boy determined to shine for Villa
New-boy Joe Bennett claims he thrives when people doubt his abilities as he prepares to make his debut for Aston Villa against Swansea.
Villa boss Paul Lambert snapped up the 22-year-old England Under-21 international left-back from Middlesbrough just before last month's transfer deadline.
And, while Bennett has not played competitively this season due to knee and ankle problems, he confirmed on Monday that he came through his first training session at Bodymoor Heath and will be vying to face the Swans at Villa Park on Saturday.
Bennett has endured a mixed start to his career in football, having initially been rejected by Middlesbrough before using Sunday League football to make them reconsider and give him another opportunity.
Gordon Strachan then froze him out of the Boro first-team for his 12 months in charge at the Riverside after he replaced Gareth Southgate in 2009. But Tony Mowbray drafted Bennett back into the team when he arrived in October 2010 and he became a first-team regular under the current Boro boss.
Bennett is now looking to prove to Villa fans that he is capable of playing in the Premier League and becoming a real hit at Villa Park.
He told the club's website: "You're going to have setbacks in your career. That's life, but you've got to get on with it.
"Those setbacks make you stronger. I want to do well and I want to prove a lot of people wrong that have doubted me. It's definitely made me mature and made me more determined."