Kevin O'Connor is hoping he can earn a new contract at Brentford after revealing he wants to stay at Griffin Park for the rest of his career.
The midfielder, who made his 400th appearance for the Bees in the penultimate game of the season, was in the side that suffered relegation to League Two in 2007.
That prompted the appointment of Terry Butcher as manager and saw O'Connor struggle to break into the side. But Butcher was sacked before the turn of the year, with Andy Scott taking the job on a permanent basis in January 2008 following a spell as caretaker boss.
O'Connor, 28, gradually got his career back on track and is now captain of the League One side.
He told the Hounslow Chronicle: "We got relegated and I was probably one of the higher earners so there were times I thought I might be on my way out.
"There were a few dark days. I wasn't playing under Butcher and at the beginning of last season I wasn't involved, but I've got my head down and got my place back.
"I'm contracted until the end of next season, then hopefully I can earn another deal and stay here for the rest of my career."