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Video: Baker Looking Forward To First-Team Football

Nathan Baker is determined to hold down a regular starting berth after signing a season-long loan deal at Ashton Gate.

The 24-year-old has made 88 appearances for Aston Villa, including his Premier League debut as a teenager against Wigan Athletic in 2011.

But Villa boss Tim Sherwood has been one of the top flight’s busiest managers in the transfer marker this summer, prompting Baker to follow former Villa team-mate Derrick Williams and fellow loanee Callum Robinson to BS3.

“I’ve not been playing lately so I wanted to get out on loan and this is something that’s worked out well for me,” he told Bristol City Player HD.

“I want to play regular football. I don’t want to be sitting around on the bench – I want to progress with my career and hopefully this is the place to do it.

“Derrick’s here and Callum is obviously here on loan. I also know Mark Little from back home in Worcester, so it should be easy to settle in.”

Baker, a left-footed defender, is already well versed in playing in City’s familiar 3-5-2 formation.

“I played in that system under Paul Lambert – I can play in a back three or a four, so that’s all fine,” he continued.

“I’ve played left-back before but I certainly think my dominant position is as a centre-back.

“I know the manager has got a lot of confidence in the players already here and with a bit of luck the results so far could’ve gone better.

“I’ve been on loan in the Championship with Millwall a couple of seasons ago and it’s a tough league, but hopefully I can come here and help get the team into the Premier League.”