Hull City defender Paul McShane said he feared his career with the club was over after falling out with manager Steve Bruce earlier this season.
McShane, 29, helped Hull to a 1-1 draw at Manchester City on Saturday in his first league start since 8 November.
The Ireland international had been told to train with Hull's under-21 players and said he thought he might not play for the first-team again.
McShane said: "To be honest, no I didn't but there is always hope."
Bruce hinted at a fall-out with McShane in December 2014 and said the former Sunderland defender needed to apologise.
McShane said: "You can't hold grudges in football, it is such a short career. You have got to make peace with the past when you move forward."
Bruce said: "You can't fault ever Paul McShane and his attitude on the pitch, he gives you everything he has got time after time.
"That makes him the cult hero he is, the supporters associate with him. They forgive a mistake because they see the effort and endeavour.
"The problem - and I can understand it - is when I don't pick him he becomes a young, angry man."