Blackpool's latest recruit Lomana LuaLua has revealed his frustration at the amount of time it has taken him to secure a new deal back in England.
The 30-year-old striker has bags of Premier League experience under his belt following his time with Newcastle and Portsmouth.
He has also graced the UEFA Champions League stage after leaving Fratton Park for Olympiakos but initially struggled to find employment after leaving Cypriot side Omonia in the summer.
A trial spell with Birmingham failed to bear fruit, with short stints at Brighton and Hartlepool following before Ian Holloway elected to hand the forward a contract with the Seasiders until the end of the season.
"It's a bit annoying that I've had to come back and prove myself over again but that's what football is like," LuaLua told the club's official website.
"I went on trial at Birmingham and I thought that things went well, but sometimes the manager has to make a decision.
"I had a few days training at Brighton as well but that wasn't comfortable for my brother (Kazenga) who was there and then I had a couple of days at Hartlepool because Mick Wadsworth is a friend of mine.
"But when the chance came at Blackpool I wanted to play at the highest level possible. I don't have anything to prove to anyone. I just want to enjoy my football and we'll see what happens.
"The manager asked me to come down to have a look at me and it was great to see his passion, it made me be determined because of how he wanted his team to play and the freedom he wants to give his players.
"Now I'm back I just want to play my part at Blackpool and use my experience from playing in other countries to try and get promoted."