Hull City club captain Ian Ashbee is still determined to play football in the top flight, despite a serious knee injury.
Ashbee suffered the injury in the game against Aston Villa at the end of last season, but has overcome a career-threatening bone condition in the past.
The 33-year-old looks set to miss the majority of the season after returning from the United States having had surgery on his knee, but manager Phil Brown said his skipper is still as determined as ever.
"Three years ago he was told he was finished and I think he will prove people wrong again," the Tigers boss told the club's official website.
"I spoke to Ash on the phone before he set off back to England to tell him about the arrivals of Ibrahima Sonko and Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink.
"He was just looking forward to getting back here, getting on the training ground and getting himself into that mindset of proving people wrong.
"I'm certainly looking forward to working with him again."