David Dunn has revealed how Mark Hughes persuaded him that a return to Blackburn was the best way to get his career back on track.
Dunn joined the Ewood Park outfit as a trainee and enjoyed a remarkable rise before joining Birmingham for £5.5million in July 2003.
But his switch to St Andrews turned into an injury nightmare and in January of this year both Blackburn and Bolton were keen to secure his services.
Dunn admits he had reservations over opting for a second stint at Ewood Park, but that the experience of Hughes, who enjoyed two spells at Manchester United, helped sway his decision.
He said: "It's always difficult coming back to a club that you've been relatively successful at but I think I'm a little bit more mature now as a person and a player.
"I'm probably not the same player that left, I've become a bit more defensively minded.
"A lot of people say never go back to where you've been and certainly where you've been successful at."
Dunn added: "When I met the gaffer he said, 'Well I went back to United' and everyone knows what happened when he went back there.
"So that kind of changed my mind a little bit and I'm glad I made the move here now."