Alex Bruce has admitted things were looking bleak for him at Leeds United but he intends to grasp his second chance with both hands.
Bruce was recalled early from a loan spell at Huddersfield Town to make his first start for Leeds in over 10 months in Monday's 2-1 home win against Burnley.
He has now set his sights on re-establishing himself in the first team in what looks to be a remarkable turnaround in fortunes for the 27-year-old defender.
"If someone had asked me three or four months ago if I'd be playing again I'd have had to say I don't know because things were looking bleak for me," Bruce told the Yorkshire Evening Post.
"Getting back playing for Leeds is something I'm proud to do and hopefully my future will be carrying on playing here.
"Since I played my last game, against Swansea, it's been the most frustrating time of my career without a shadow of a doubt.
"I've had some low days and to get back out there on the pitch in front of the magnificent supporters that we've got was very pleasing. Thankfully, we got the right result as well."
Bruce is now hoping those dark days are over and he can win back his place on a long-term basis.
He added: "I want to stay on the scene and kick on now. I'm proud to wear the shirt and if I can kick-start my career here, I'll be delighted."