Mamady Sidibe is looking to repay the faith shown in him after revealing that he considered retiring from football following his latest injury setback.
The Stoke forward, who has spent lengthy periods on the sidelines in recent years due to damaged knee ligaments and Achilles problems, sustained a dislocated knee in October.
The 32-year-old has not made a first-team appearance since August 2010 and thought about calling time on his career.
But having undergone successful surgery on his knee, Sidibe has now set his sights on being ready for the start of pre-season training in six months' time.
He told Potters Matchday Magazine: "I will be honest with you, after my last injury, I sat down and said to myself: 'Mama, it's time to call it a day'.
"I felt so low, I'd been knocked back so many times and so I thought it would be best to quit. That would have been selfish though.
"I have got so many people to repay...the chairman, the manager, the medical people, my team-mates and, of course, the supporters.
"Then, there's my son. He wants to see his dad playing. My family mean everything to me, so I will try to get back and do my best."