Andre Moritz jumped at the chance to link up with Bolton Wanderers after taking the decision to snub a switch to Crystal Palace.
The Brazilian appeared all set to pen a 12-month deal at Selhurst Park after helping Palace into the Premier League via the play-offs.
A discussion with Ian Holloway helped to open his eyes, though, and he realised that regular football may be easier to come by away from the top flight.
Former Palace boss Freedman - the man who brought Moritz to England - opened the door to the Reebok Stadium for the 27-year-old and he was delighted to agree a second shot at promotion out of the Championship.
Moritz told The Bolton News: "With Palace, just after the play-off final, I had agreed with the chairman and Ian Holloway to set everything up for the next season. I went back to Brazil and had my holidays.
"Palace I felt was home. That was the thing about the team there last season, they were almost like family.
"When I came back I went in to sign the deal but had a last-minute meeting with Ian Holloway and he started to explain how he would play this season. He said he would not use a number 10 or a playmaker and he wanted to chase the ball. That is not the kind of player I am.
"I didn't see myself playing very much in his team and he was very honest. I appreciated that from him. He said I would be a good player to be on the bench, but for me that was not enough.
"It was a surprise. Even my agent was outside the door and asked when I left 'have you signed?' and I said 'no' and walked through the doors.
"Of course, my first option was to work with Dougie again. I had four months with him and we were not only successful on the pitch but it's pleasurable to work with him because he keeps you on your toes.
"I phoned him and said I wanted to play for you again. I'm glad it happened."