Jason Koumas began the month as persona non grata at The Hawthorns but last night, having been welcomed back like the prodigal son, he signed a contract that will keep him with West Bromwich Albion until June 2009.
The Wales international midfield player fell out with Bryan Robson, the Albion manager, more than a year ago and the two did not speak for a year. Albion even fined the player for refusing to turn up for pre-season training.
But Koumas did not fulfil his wish of joining Cardiff City - the Welsh club could not afford his wages or the £2 million transfer fee - and Albion offered him a chance to revive his career.
Koumas, aged 26, who spent the whole of last season on loan with Cardiff, will wear the Albion No 19 shirt. He had previously vowed that he would never play for Robson again. The U-turn has been dramatic but, from Albion's point of view, significant. "I'm delighted," Koumas said. "I'm really looking forward to playing here again - I feel like a new signing. It feels like I've come home again and I'm hoping to play here for a few years to come.
"The fans here have always been great to me and hopefully I will do the business again for them. A lot of stuff that has been said has been blown out of proportion.
"As soon as I knew Albion wanted to commit to me, I was more than willing to commit myself to this club because I've had good times here and I'm hoping for better times to come. I've spoken to the gaffer and there is no problem."
That may well be the case and Koumas went on a charm offensive - necessary to win back the supporters who did not take kindly to his attitude - that is designed to emphasise the change in approach.
"There's one club I want to play for and that's West Brom," he said, rather unconvincingly.
However, this is a chance for him to prove his doubters wrong and to display his wide range of skills that did so much to endear him to Albion supporters three years ago. He said: "I'll be doing everything I can to help them get promotion again. I just need to get some solid training behind me."
Robson said: "All I want Jason to do is enjoy his football a nd help this club be successful.
"Jason is a smashing player. We have always known about his ability and I've always spoken to Jason about working on things I think he can improve overall in his game.
"With the ability he's got and the challenge ahead of us, he could play a big part. He can score goals from the centre of midfield and it's like a new signing for us."
Koumas is not in the Wales squad for the European Championship qualifying match against Czech Republic. Neither is John Hartson, the Albion striker, who has expressed a desire to come out of the international wilderness.