Jon Stead says he is looking to prove to his critics that he can cut it in the Premiership.
Sheffield United raised a few eyebrows when striking a deal with Sunderland for the forward.
Stead burst onto the Premiership scene when helping Blackburn stave off relegation in 2004, but he has failed to hit similar heights in the last couple of seasons.
He showed signs of a revival during a loan spell at Derby and it would appear as if he did enough at Pride Park to prove himself to Blades chief Neil Warnock.
Stead is convinced he can shine in the Premiership, but is aware he has some doubters to win over.
"I have a point to prove," Stead told Sky Sports News. "After bursting on the scene and doing very well, my career has gone quiet so I have things to prove.
"They are not to myself, I know I can perform at this level, but I am thankful I have got another crack at it."
Stead will be charged with the task of scoring the goals needed to secure Sheffield United's Premiership status and he is looking to repeat the form he showed at the start of his Blackburn career.
"I had a great time at Blackburn when I first joined there and hopefully there will be a bit of the same," he noted.
"It is fantastic. I have had a good and a bad season in the Premiership so I am looking forward to the challenge."