Danny Spendlove is determined to make up for lost time and help Wealdstone stay on course for the Ryman Premier play-offs.
The 23-year-old wide man snubbed Wealdstone at the 11th hour to join Cambridge City in pre-season. However, he has endured a miserable three months at the City Ground where he made six of his 13 appearances from the bench, scoring three goals in the process.
Unhappy at his lack of involvement Spendlove put the gears in motion for a move away with Wealdstone his preferred destination.
Stones boss Gordon Bartlett welcomed him back and with winger Graeme Montgomery having just completed a move to League Two side Dagenham & Redbridge, Spendlove's arrival could not have been more timely.
"I had to give Cambridge a go as they had just come out of the Conference," said Spendlove of his initial Stones U-turn. "But it didn't work out as they never really played me. I need to play and be appreciated rather than sitting there picking up the money.
"There were no hard feelings between Gordon and I when I moved to Cambridge and he told me I would always be welcome back at Wealdstone if it did not work out, and here I am.
"It's nice to have someone show confidence in you and when you have someone like Gordon backing you and telling you what a good player you are it makes a hell of a difference. That made it an easy decision to make."
Viewed as Montgomery's natural successor Spendlove insists he feels under no added pressure to perform, and is just glad to be one of the first names down on the team sheet.
"I'm enjoying my football a lot more now because I am playing more," he added. "In the games I have played so far I have not been too great but I will get my form back very soon."
And are there any similarities between Spendlove and Montgomery?
"Graeme is more of a left footed out and out winger whereas I like to cut inside, work off the forwards and get the team playing."
Spendlove recently graduated from Kingston University with first degree honours in product design and he now plans to help market Stones as genuine play-off contenders.
"After a slow start the club has brought itself back into the thick of things," he said. "There are only a few points separating fifth from 15th, so anything is possible. Everyone is aiming for that fifth place."