Carlos Edwards believes he is back to full fitness and ready to push for a starting role at Sunderland.
The winger has fallen down the Black Cats' pecking order of late, and was even farmed out on loan to Championship side Wolves in October.
However, having been recalled from that spell at Molineux, Edwards returned to action for Sunderland as a substitute in their 1-0 defeat to West Ham last weekend.
Relieved to be back on Wearside, and seemingly back in Roy Keane's thoughts, the Trinidad & Tobago international is now determined to prove his worth at the Stadium of Light over the course of the current campaign.
"I am my biggest critic and I know that I never started at the beginning of the season," said Edwards.
"Looking back at all the injuries, my sharpness was not there, my head was not right. Many things can play a part and it's up to the individual to be positive.
"The manager brought in new players, I fell back. It was a kick in the teeth and I was sent out on loan at Wolves.
"I'm now feeling that the Carlos Edwards of old is back."
The 30-year-old has warned Sunderland supporters not to expect too much from him too soon, but has faith in his ability to play a major role in the club's Premier League endeavours this season.
He added: "It's easy to sit in the stands and to expect miracles.
"I'm not going to say I will be back to my best straight away. It takes time to get back from injury, it took longer than I and the manager expected.
"But I'm back now and I'm just wanting the opportunity. It will take time, but it's good to be back in this environment now.
"It's getting my confidence. I felt like a new signing when I got back, which was strange because this has been my home. It was a relief."