Wayne Bridge says his loan move to Brighton & Hove Albion has given him a new lease of life.
The left-back has been an ever-present for the Seagulls after
signing on a season-long deal from Manchester City.
Bridge, 32, told
"It's been difficult not playing and you kind of fall out of love with the game.
"It's been a breath of fresh air to come here. Friends and family have noticed the difference in me and how much I'm enjoying football again."
The former England international had found first-team opportunities limited over the last two seasons, making just eight appearances for City since August 2010.
After loan spells at West Ham and Sunderland during that time, Bridge has welcomed the opportunity to play regular football at the Amex Stadium.
"It wasn't a hard decision to come here and in the time I've had so far, it was the right decision," he added.
"The manager [Gus Poyet] has been good to me and I've settled in quite quickly.
"I want to be at a team where I can help them. Hopefully I can be here quite a while."
Bridge scored his first goal since January 2007 in
Brighton's 5-1 win over Barnsley on Saturday
and is eager to continue his early season form.
"The team works hard and like to get the ball down and it gives me the opportunity to get on the ball and get forward," he continued.
"I'm pleased but I like to think I can always do better. I'd like to think we can stay near the top and push for promotion."