Middlesbrough's Kris Boyd has admitted he let himself get unsettled in January amid speculation about his future.
Despite only arriving at The Riverside from Rangers in the summer, the Scottish international has failed to make the expected impact.
New Boro boss Tony Mowbray has long admitted that any player could leave, and Boyd was one of those linked with a move.
However, despite being linked with Rangers, Blackburn and possibly switches to Russia and Turkey, he remained with Boro.
Now he is determined to add to his tally of just six goals so far this term.
"It's fair to say it was an unsettling month. I'm not fully blaming things on the transfer window - my form hasn't been good enough, there's no two ways about it, but at the same time it's not easy to listen to speculation constantly linking me away," he said.
"From a couple of months before the window opened all the way through, it was there, and now it's shut it's time I worked hard into the summer and see what happens then.
"I know myself that I've not been good enough but it's not been easy.
"I didn't know what was happening and I knew the situation we had here and that Middlesbrough were trying to offload people.
"I've enjoyed my time here and I think it's about time I got my head down and repaid the faith they've shown in me, to bring me here in the first place, we need to work hard and start climbing the table."
Meanwhile, Boro boss Mowbray has confirmed the club are waiting to assess the full extent of a hamstring injury picked up by captain Matthew Bates at the weekend.
"Because of the weather last week we trained on different surfaces and that sometimes creates a problem for someone like Batesy, who is quite a dynamic player," he said.
"It's hugely disappointing because he's been instrumental in what we've been doing lately.
"But injuries give opportunities to someone else. While it's not ideal, it's what football is, so no excuses."