Northampton Town defender Clarke Carlisle says that manager Aidy Boothroyd was key to persuading him to join the League Two strugglers.
The 32-year-old has joined on loan from Burnley until the end of the season.
Carlisle told BBC Look East: "I would have hesitated to put myself in the position of [fighting for] league survival had Aidy not been at the helm.
"Aidy is synonymous with some of the happiest times in my career and I have every faith in him."
The former Blackpool, QPR and Leeds defender played for Boothroyd as Watford secured promotion to the Premier League in 2005-06.
"Whenever you're involved in a successful squad, you reflect fondly on those times," said Carlisle.
"That season at Watford, we were relegation favourites at the beginning of the season and a band of misfits got to the Premier League. It was a phenomenal time.
"Northampton is a completely different challenge to anything that I've faced in my career so far.
"They've been losing by the odd goal, going ahead in games and then tailing off towards the end. I wholly believe that it'll be nothing to do with fitness.
"In my estimation, it's all about mindset and mentality and I believe that Aidy will switch that around and hopefully I can contribute towards that.
And Carlisle says there were other options on the table for him, having returned to parent club Burnley after his loan spell at Preston North End finished.
"One of the options was to go back to Burnley and sit there, but that's not in my make up.
"I won't sit there and pick up my paycheck. I love my job and I love showing people what I can do," he concluded.