Craig Gardner admits he 'feels like a professional footballer again' following his move to Birmingham.
The midfielder joined the Blues from cross-city rivals Aston Villa in a £3million deal during the January transfer window.
A self-confessed Birmingham supporter, the former England U21 international was only too happy to join Alex McLeish's St Andrews revolution.
The offer of regular first-team football also appealed to the 23-year-old and he believes he is now thriving under the responsibility placed upon him by the Blues.
"I'm loving it - playing again," Gardner told Sky Sports News.
"It's great to be back in the starting line-up and I feel like a professional footballer again now, playing week in, week out."
Gardner is also enjoying working under McLeish, with the no-nonsense Scot having helped to bring the best out of the Blues this season.
He added: "He's brilliant, you can see that from the way the lads have been on the pitch this season.
"With him what you see is what you get and he's a great manager."
Birmingham are still hoping to secure a top half finish in the Premier League this season and Gardner is adamant a crushing 5-1 defeat to Manchester City last time out will not be allowed to scupper those plans.
He said: "As the gaffer has said, the City defeat was a hard one to take on the chin, but it shows a lot that we have only been beaten like that once this year and I'm sure we will bounce back on Saturday (against Hull City)."