January signing makes Aston Villa admission over what happened next

Joe Gauci joined Aston Villa from Adelaide United in January
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Joe Gauci admits he had a tough time adapting to life at Aston Villa after arriving at the club in January, but everything has "started to click" in the last two months.

Villa paid Adelaide United £1.3m plus add-ons for Gauci before he penned a four-and-a-half-year contract on deadline day. The Australia international is yet to make his debut for the Premier League club, but is pleased with his progress on the training pitches at Bodymoor Heath.

“Instead of having one game at the end of the week to aim on like I did at Adelaide, every training session (at Villa) is like a game for me because it’s an opportunity to perform at a high level and to try to get better,” he said.

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“There’s probably not a bigger jump you can make in the football world than from Australia to the (English) Premier League.

“I never really expected the jump to be that big. I guess I was always aiming for the heights of the top leagues in Europe but to make that jump, the level is definitely a lot different.

“There’s been an adaptation period, and they’ve made that quite clear to me that it’s going to take me some time to settle in.

“There’s a lot of factors that have gone into that. It definitely hasn’t been easy adapting to the level and finding my routine but as my time has progressed, probably the last six to eight weeks of the season, I felt much more settled and it felt like I was able to really be myself and express myself on the field.

“With the adjustments that they’ve made to me as a goalkeeper, I was starting to feel that improvement and it’s all started to click.”