Andy Drury is delighted to have finally been offered an opportunity to prove himself at Ipswich, with it looking like he would leave the club at one stage.
The midfielder was snapped up by the Championship outfit in January 2011, with a switch from Luton Town seeing him climb out of the non-league ranks and into the second tier.
Drury was unable to force his way into the Ipswich side initially, leading to a loan deal with Crawley being sanctioned in September 2011.
That agreement included the option for Crawley to make the move permanent should they wish to do so.
The Red Devils were unable to find the required funds, though, and Drury was returned to Portman Road.
Crawley's loss has been Ipswich's gain, with the 28-year-old having played a leading role for Paul Jewell's side during a run which has seen them take maximum points from their last four fixtures.
"You have to understand that football is a business nowadays and if the club doesn't want to sell you for a certain price then you're not going anywhere," Drury told the East Anglian Daily Times.
"I was concerned it might leave me without much chance to play, but luckily for me though it's worked out well so far.
"I always thought I would be good enough to play at this level and it's nice to be given the chance to prove it.
"You do look round sometimes at the players that are out of the team, but you have to remind yourself that you're keeping them out on merit.
"A lot of the boys that have come in hadn't had a lot of football previously. We're enjoying it and are keen to prove ourselves every game.
"I just go out there and give 100 per of what's in my body - I think a lot of the boys are like that. We're working really hard for each other."
He added: "Coming from non-league, I appreciate being in the Championship but it doesn't change your attitude towards the game.
"Whatever level you play at you just go into every match aiming to give your best and play your own game."