Nicky Shorey has thanked Nottingham Forest for playing a major part in turning his season around.
The full-back endured a difficult start to the 2009/10 campaign, with first-team opportunities proving hard to come by at Aston Villa.
Having been regularly overlooked by Martin O'Neill, the 28-year-old accepted that a loan switch was the only viable option available to him.
Championship high-fliers Forest offered him the prospect of regular football at the City Ground and he jumped at the chance to take in a spell in the second tier.
Shorey shone during his time with the Reds, helping to raise his profile during the January transfer window.
Premier League outfit Fulham were alerted to his availability and, with his deal with Forest having reached a conclusion, he was on his way to Craven Cottage.
"I've enjoyed it," said the former Reading defender.
"The games have come thick and fast since I joined here so that's the best way, to just get out and play.
"There's nothing worse than not playing. I really loved my time at Nottingham Forest and was looking forward to going back when this move came out of nowhere.
"It's all thanks to Forest for giving me the games otherwise I would still be at Villa kicking my heels. It all happened really quickly and it's great I could come back to the Premier League."
Shorey, who has two England caps to his name, has been touted as a possible replacement for Ashley Cole at this summer's World Cup should the Chelsea full-back fail to shake off an ankle knock in time to make the plane to South Africa.
He insists he has given little thought to reigniting his international ambitions, though, as his domestic career has to take priority at present.
"I'm just enjoying playing my football," he said.
"I've played for England before and I really enjoyed it but I'll leave that for other people to talk about."