West Brom defender Nicky Shorey has admitted that he had a feeling of déjà vu at The Hawthorns from his days at Aston Villa.
The full-back joined West Brom last summer after becoming surplus to requirements and feeling 'isolated' at Villa, who were then managed by Martin O'Neill.
Shorey feared the scenario was repeating itself this season after losing his place to Marek Cech under former Baggies boss Roberto Di Matteo.
But the 30-year-old will line-up against former club Villa in the Premier League on Saturday after being revitalised by new West Brom manager Roy Hodgson.
"The whole point of leaving Villa was to seek first-team football and there was a sense of, 'here we go again'," Shorey said on the club's official website.
"I left Villa to come here and play and it was all happening again.
"I got a bit down but you have to keep going and I think anyone you ask would tell you I got my head down and worked hard, and believed I would get another chance.
"Sometimes you don't, no matter what you do, and that's just the way it is.
"But I tried to learn from my experience at Villa. It's definitely stood me in good stead.
"For the rest of my career I'm sure there'll be periods when I'm not playing and I've got to get over that.
"At Villa I felt quite isolated because for whatever reason it just wasn't happening. The gaffer here makes you feel part of it, which is important."
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