Dundee United winger Gary Mackay-Steven says he is enjoying an extended run of football after earlier career setbacks.
"I was a bit unlucky with injuries and spent a bit of time out of the game," Mackay-Steven told BBC Scotland.
"I played at Airdrie for six months last season just to get some game time and that went well.
"I am enjoying myself greatly here [at United]. I think we have got a great team with a lot of talented young and experienced players."
The former Liverpool youth player scored United's second in the
weekend win against Hibernian
, his fourth goal in 29 appearances this season.
His performances and displays of skill were rewarded when he made his debut for Scotland's Under-21 side against the Netherlands in February.
"I was at Ross County and then Liverpool for a few years but got a niggling injury that I never really got over," said the 22-year-old.
"Obviously it was a good experience, but I always knew when I left I wanted to come back home."
Mackay-Steven is a native of Thurso and says there are not too many professional footballers from the Highland town.
"It's a small town and it's a fair trek for all my family to come and watch me play," he added.
"If I get a spare chance, I like to go home, but it's a long way. I think I need a week off anyway as a weekend is not enough."