Derby County striker Jamie Ward says his move to Pride Park has helped him "fall back in love with football".
The 25-year-old endured a miserable time at Sheffield United, falling out with then manager Micky Adams, before joining the Rams on loan in February.
Ward, who has signed a two-year deal at the Rams, told BBC Radio Derby: "Once Micky Adams said he didn't want me I kind of fell out of love with football.
"It gets you down but I came here and got that back."
The former Chesterfield forward scored five goals in 13 goals and played a key role in helping the club avoid relegation from the Championship.
"I'd like to say I had a successful time this year. It was about getting the fans and manager behind me here.
"I wasn't 100% fit when I came but hopefully I've done enough to win the fans over."
Ward attracted interest from Hull City before signing for the Rams last week.
He said he was eager to show some loyalty to Rams boss Nigel Clough for rescuing him from training with the youth team at Bramall Lane.
"We had another club come in [Hull] but I felt I had to repay the manager for the faith he has shown in bringing me here," Ward said.
"They put a better financial deal on the table but I felt I had to repay the faith the gaffer showed in getting me out of Sheffield United."