Ryan Taylor is relishing his renaissance at Newcastle and believes the faith of manager Alan Pardew has been essential.
The former Wigan right-sider has been forced to play out of position at left-back for part of the season, but has not disappointed with three goals and the same number of assists.
Taylor's form has come as something of a surprise following an injury-plagued previous three years at St James' Park and so the 27-year-old is delighted to be making an impact.
Asked if this campaign has been the best of his career, he told the Newcastle Chronicle: "It is. To be honest I have never had a season like this in the Premier League.
"That's because I've been dampened by injuries. Whenever I got a run together, I got a serious injury.
"It's not one where I have been out for two or three weeks, it's been like five months or more. I have been due a run of games where I have been injury free."
Questioned about the secret of his success, Taylor said: "I put it down to hard work and the gaffer believing in me."