Alan Rogers is hopeful a permanent move to Hull City can come off and end his Nottingham Forest nightmare.
The 29-year-old full-back feels he has been unjustly cast as the villain at the City Ground.
He was put on gardening leave by former manager Gary Megson, who saw him as a disruptive influence, and was even turned away from the club car park on a match day.
It led Rogers to consider whether he wanted to continue playing but, after facing another season ostracised on the banks of the Trent, he is grateful Peter Taylor has offered him a lifeline at the KC Stadium and he wants to snatch it.
He told BBC Sport: "Peter Taylor has been fantastic and has helped me get fit because I wasn't able to go training at Forest.
"There's only so much you can do when you have to train at home.
"I've played two games now and think I have done well. I'm enjoying being back, being treated like an adult and playing."
Rogers still has a year to go on his Forest contract after he rejoined the Reds at the start of last season.
He had originally joined Forest for £2m from Tranmere in 1997 and left for Leicester four years later as the Reds looked to reduce their wage bill with the club losing £100,000 a week.
Joe Kinnear was in charge at the City Ground upon his return, initially on loan, but Rogers maintains that soon after Megson arrived in January 2005, there was a "personal vendetta" launched against him.
He said: "The way I was treated at Forest was very disappointing and I want to put it behind me.
"However it is dressed up, the blame was put on the likes of me, David Johnson and Paul Evans every time Forest lost a game.
"But I haven't even been at the club since September, so how can it be my fault?
"After a month in charge, the manager lost the dressing room and all the players and, since he left, they have scored nine goals in two games."
ALAN ROGERS FACTFILE
Previous clubs: Tranmere, Nottingham Forest, Leicester City, Wigan (loan)
Hull debut: Cardiff (away) February 18, 2006
Career appearances: 345
Career goals: 24
Rogers feels he was blamed for things that were out of his hands and happened while he was away from the club.
He said: "Even before I was sent on gardening leave, I was banned from the training ground and I wasn't allowed to use the training facilities or the dressing room.
"Then, when I went to watch the first game of the season, I was turned away from the club car park and had to park at the pub across the road. It was so embarrassing.
"I have never done anything detrimental to Forest but some of the things I was accused of were unbelievable.
"It was even said that I put the tactics up on the internet. I was amazed at some of the things I used to hear.
"I seemed to get blamed for everything but I wasn't there and wasn't allowed to be there."
But now, he wants to get his career back on track and carve out a future at the KC Stadium.
"I'm still only 29 and I think that if Megson was still at Forest next season, then I would have packed up.
"But it is looking up now. I'm here until the end of the season and hopefully both parties will be able to sit down in the summer.
"There is a good young team here with a good manager and a chairman who is willing to invest.
"It's nice to be back playing and hopefully the episode is all over now."