Kenwyne Jones says his move to Stoke will help him overcome a period of treading water endured at Sunderland.
Jones was hailed as a big prospect when he moved to the Stadium of Light, but he gradually found himself out of favour under the stewardship of Steve Bruce.
A £8million switch to Tony Pulis' side gives the powerful front man a chance to reignite his fortunes and Jones is looking to the future at the Britannia Stadium.
The 25-year-old explained: "When things get stale I guess that is the time when things get to change and at that time it changed and now I can only look forward.
"At the end I am not bothered by what happened before, I'm looking forward to doing well.
"Just playing football week in, week out, and freeing my mind - more than anything else that was the most important thing for me.
"Moving to a new place is always hard and because it didn't happen in pre-season, it was when the season started, I have to try to get into the team and the area.
"It is something different and something I have to take on board and try to further my career."
Jones' involvement for the Potters has been stifled so far after he sustained an ankle injury on his debut at Wolves, an injury which forced him to miss the home game against Tottenham and curtailed his involvement against Chelsea.
But the Trinidadian is relishing being back in the first-team fold and cannot wait to establish himself in Pulis' plans following a timely breather from the international weekend.
"The injury came at the best time because having the international break has given me the time to get fit, so I guess my season starts on Monday night," he added.
"It was possibly the worst thing that could happen to me but I've had to deal with it, it has come and gone.
"Sometimes these things in football happen - at the time I thought it was serious but thankfully it wasn't - and you have to deal with it."
The former Southampton man netted in a behind-closed-doors friendly against Crewe this week and he hopes that will help propel him into action for Monday's clash with Aston Villa.
Although Jones has already had a debut at the Britannia Stadium, when he was on loan from the Saints in 2005, he classes this one as the real thing.
He went on: "I came through a decent amount of time against Crewe and hopefully on Monday I can push on a bit more. I look forward to every game but, at the same time, it is going to be special.
"I'm not really concentrating on Villa, we have to concentrate on what we are going to do and how we are going to win the game."