The 31-year-old, who has not featured in a league game for Villa since January, has joined A-League outfit Melbourne City in a bid to kickstart his career. McCormack has found himself well down the pecking order after scoring just four goals following a £12million move from Fulham in August 2016.

One of those goals was scored while on loan at Nottingham Forest last season, following a high-profile bust-up with boss Steve Bruce. McCormack said: “It’s been a disaster. There’s no two ways about it. I scored four goals and played something like 25 games. If you look at the five years before that I was averaging over 50 games a season and probably over 20 goals.

“I think most players have a dip in their careers, hopefully that was mine.”

McCormack is aware his reputation will need some repair work following his falling out with Bruce in January.

The Villa boss infamously revealed the Scotland international had been unable to report for training due to the electric gates to his home being stuck. “I’m not a silly little boy now, I know there’s a bit to prove,” McCormack said.

“And I know what people will be thinking, because I’ve read it on my social media, that ‘his attitude isn’t great’.