Aston Villa goalkeeper Thomas Sorensen has revealed he had thought about quitting the club in the summer.
The Denmark international, who is currently being assessed for a shoulder injury he picked up while on Euro 2008 duty with his country, admitted the morale at Villa Park had never been lower last season.
However, like Villa captain Gareth Barry, the former Odense and Sunderland custodian had a change of heart following the arrival of Martin O'Neill as manager and American Randy Lerner as owner.
"Last season, everything was hopeless at Villa," Sorensen said in the Daily Express. "I would be lying if I said I was not thinking of leaving.
"Towards the end of last season, the thrill had gone away from the players, the management and the fans.
"The morale was at an all-time low and we did not know where we were heading. The spirit was gone.
"Everything was grinding to a halt and seemed to be heading for a dead end.
"If things had not turned around, I would be playing for another club now. I discussed it with my agent.
"Now, everything is in bloom. The fans are happy, the owner is happy and the players are happy."