"In the summer it was quite tough - there were a lot of players out there without contracts," he acknowledged.
"You're having to go to the gym by yourself and doing stuff by yourself, but I was working hard and thankfully I'm not too far behind.
"Talking to a few of the other boys who've been out of contract this summer, it seems clubs have been showing an interest but not really going through with it, so as soon as I knew the gaffer really wanted me here it was a massive factor in getting the deal done."
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