Jonathan Spector is relishing playing for Birmingham as he gets set to take on former club West Ham at St Andrew's on Boxing Day.
The Blues host the Hammers in the late kick-off as the two relegated sides aim for a victory to help their respective promotion pushes towards a return to the top flight.
Spector, who spent four years at Upton Park before switching to the Blues in the summer, does not regret his move.
He was often used as a defender by the Hammers but now plays more in his preferred position in the middle of the park under former Newcastle boss Chris Hughton.
He told the Daily Mirror: "There was negotiating back and forth in the summer when West Ham didn't have a manager.
"Eventually the decision was made for me to move on after Sam Allardyce took over.
"But I am proud to say that we parted amicably to start afresh. And Birmingham City gave me that opportunity.
"I prefer playing in midfield and it is one of the reasons I decided to come to Birmingham City.
"That is where I have played the majority of the games, except in the Europa League where I have played right-back.
"Playing in midfield was a big attraction for me to join the club.
"And so was the experience the manager has had of getting teams promoted, as we want to be back in the Premier League."