Blackburn midfielder David Dunn has revealed he considered quitting the game during his time at Birmingham.
Dunn only managed around 50 starts in three-and-a-half seasons at St Andrews after being plagued by injury.
The 27-year-old's tough time on the pitch was compounded further as his personal life also took a knock when he split from his partner and mother of his daughter leading him to think about a change of career.
"I've had three years almost out of football - stop, start all the time. It was frustrating getting in a position where I was playing really well then I'd pick an injury up," Dunn told the Daily Express.
"I was playing well one Christmas and we played Middlesbrough - there was lots of talk about Stewart Downing for England. There'd been talk I could push my way back into the England reckoning but I did my hamstring again.
"It did go through my mind where I thought, maybe this isn't for me. I don't want to be going through all this again.
"I don't know if it was the travelling - there were more important things than football for me. I was a little bit homesick. My family and my little girl were up here so I was coming up three times a week - it was killing me really.
"It crossed my mind quite a few times when I was on my own in my flat in Birmingham that I didn't want to carry on. I felt there must be other things out there for me. I reckoned I'd be a great bus driver with the amount of times I had been up and down the M6."
Blackburn-born Dunn made the move back to his hometown and former club Rovers in January, where he has made 10 appearances and admits he is more settled.
"I'm just happy to be injury free and putting performances in," he added. "But fans want you to take off where you left off.
"I think there's a bit of pressure on me, especially with being a local lad. When you've been out so long your awareness goes, but that's match fitness as much as anything. I'm sure it will come. I think next season, with a good pre-season, I will be able to push on."