Last Updated: Sat, 06 Jul 2013 15:27
Aston Villa goalkeeper Brad Guzan says the squad will kick on next season and it is an "exciting" time to be at the club.
Paul Lambert's young charges endured a difficult campaign last term, spending much of the season in the Premier League relegation zone.
Lambert came in for some criticism for fielding so many young players despite the team's poor results, but his faith was rewarded with a late season surge.
The Midlands club won five and drew two of their final ten games to drag themselves out of the relegation zone and eventually finish in 15th place.
Lambert has been busy in the transfer market so far this summer as he seeks to build on the momentum gained at the end of last season.
Nearly £11million has been spent on six new signings, with more rumoured to be on their way to the club, who open their 2013/14 campaign at Arsenal on August 17.
Guzan, who has just signed a new four-year deal, believes Lambert is building something special at Villa Park after coming through last year's often traumatic campaign.
"We grew together as a team last season and now it's time to kick on again," he told the club's official site. "We'll welcome the new guys with open arms and allow them to join this special family that we've started to create from last season. It's an exciting time for the club for sure.
"When you bring in new players you have fresh bodies, fresh blood, fresh excitement and you need that to prevent things from becoming stale and guys getting complacent. You want competition for places, you want guys pushing each other and helping each other. When you bring in new faces it lifts everybody.
"This is what Aston Villa Football Club is all about, we're a very connected and very committed group and we want to strive to be the best we can possibly be going forward. What we're building here as a club, what the manager is building could be very special."
Given Guzan's optimism, punters may want to use their free bet to back the Villans to push for a European place in the Premier League next term.
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