But the 28-year-old believes he can resurrect his career during his during his end-of-season loan spell at Ninian Park - and is determined to cement his place as the Bluebirds' number one keeper.
"It looks a fantastic set-up at Cardiff," he told the club's official website. "I need to play first-team football because I have been pushed aside a little bit at Villa.
"When I agreed to join Cardiff on loan I wasn't sure which goalkeepers were here. There has been a lot of coming and going and those I thought were here aren't. I was a little baffled at first.
"I am out of contract at the end of this season and Dave Jones has given me the chance to play a part in a push for promotion. That suits me fine and if I do well then that can only help me when it comes to landing a contract for next season."