Colchester defender Pat Baldwin says he wants to repay manager John Ward for the faith shown in him.
Baldwin looked to be on his way out of the U's after being released by former boss Aidy Boothroyd in the close season.
But Boothroyd's appointment as the new Coventry manager meant Ward took over the reins at the Essex outfit, with the latter making a U-turn on his predecessor's decision to let the stopper go.
It gives long-serving Baldwin another chance to impress in League One after initially fearing for his future.
And the 27-year-old said he was grateful for the opportunity handed to him by Ward - pledging to repay the faith shown by the incoming manager.
Baldwin told skysports.com: "I thought I had played my last game for Colchester and was preparing to look for a new club this summer when Aidy Bothroyd left and John Ward took over.
"I got the phone call from John on the morning of my wedding as well, so it was a great day all round really.
"It was a surprise, but a very nice surprise and I hope that I can repay that faith shown in me this season."
United fans were left worrying earlier in the week after figures released showed the club had made a loss of £3.5million during their first season in a new stadium.
The U's moved into the West Homes Community Stadium from their former Layer Road ground at an apparent cost - although Baldwin says financial matters are not concerning the players as they prepare for the new season.
"All we can concentrate on as players is that playing side of affairs really because unless it affects us too much it is better to leave the financial side to those who are better qualified to deal with those issues," added Baldwin.
"We have to just get on with the job at hand like the professionals that we are."