Wales international Chris Gunter has admitted he was growing frustrated with life at Tottenham prior to joining Nottingham Forest on loan for the rest of the season.
The 19-year-old full-back made the White Hart Lane switch in January 2008, but the ex-Cardiff City player has made just five Premier League appearances for the club.
With Gunter well down Harry Redknapp's pecking order, the teenager was more than happy to agree to join the Championship strugglers with crucial World Cup qualifiers for Wales in the pipeline.
Gunter has confirmed he is not happy at warming the White Hart Lane bench, although he has been told by the club's hierarchy that he is part of the club's future plans.
He said: "I did get frustrated. But there are times I have been sitting on the bench at Spurs and looking around at players who have played 200 plus games in the Premier League. And they are not happy either.
"I just took a step back and realised the benefits of what I could do on loan somewhere.
"I have been told I will be part of what is happening at Spurs in the future.
"The manager has shown at previous jobs that he gives youngsters a chance. But maybe he thought that it wasn't the time to use young players, considering the position Spurs found themselves in."
No fitness concerns
Although Gunter has not played a lot of senior football this term he is happy with his fitness ahead of Wales' two World Cup qualifiers against Finland and Germany.
"I have been happy with the chance to play regular football at Forest," he continued. "Being match fit for Wales was in my mind, but generally I just wanted to chance to play regularly.
"I had these two big Wales games at the back of my mind. But people forget that even when you are not playing in the first team, you are working with them all week and that can only add to your experience.
"My general fitness has been fine, and although I have not played too much in recent weeks I am really looking forward to these two World Cup games."