Brentford defender Yoann Barbet has admitted he "wasn't happy" at the club after a frustrating start to last season.
The 24-year-old made just seven league starts in the first seven months of the season before breaking into the first team, but Barbet insists his time out of the side only made him more determined.
Speaking to the club's official website, he said: "I wasn't happy at the start of the season because I didn't play but I didn't play because Harlee Dean and John Egan were really consistent.
"Andreas Bjelland came back from injury and played well so I had to be patient. I was a little bit frustrated because of the last six months that I had last year. I expected more games but that is football. I hope that it will be a better season for me next year. When you are a player, you always want to play every game. It was almost the first time in my career that I haven’t been playing in my position, or not at all.
"It is good mentally because you know that when you get the chance you don’t want to let any other player play instead of you.”
He continued: "It is good to have three other great centre-backs here because you have to work hard.
"Harlee Dean is the captain and John Egan and Andreas Bjelland are international players. I am the youngest of the four centre-backs so I am learning from them also. The gaffer was also a centre-back so you listen to him as he knows what he is talking about as well. Playing with Harlee Dean helped because I only played with him last season so we knew each other already. That helped me when I got back in the team. I am confident but I know that I will have to work hard in pre-season to make sure that I am in the line-up when it comes to the start of the season.”