Kevin Kyle has revealed the chance to rekindle his relationship with Mick McCarthy inspired him to move across the Midlands to join Wolverhampton Wanderers.
The Coventry City striker yesterday moved to Molineux on loan until the end of the season and in doing so ended a stay at Ricoh Arena that had become something of a nightmare.
The 26-year-old had been singled out for criticism by a section of the club's supporters and was often booed whenever he played for Iain Dowie's men.
Much of that was down to a meagre goal return of just five in 44 league starts for Coventry, a disciplinary record that has seen him sent off twice in his last three games has not helped.
That has forced him into the bosom of the man who brought the best out him when they were together at Sunderland.
"I'm delighted to be here," said Kyle (pictured). "Wolves are in a good position to get into the play-offs, if not automatic promotion.
"It's great to link up with Mick again. He got the best out of me when he was at Sunderland. In the season that we got to the semi-finals in the FA Cup and the play-offs, I got 16 goals.
"Mick believed in me and gave me the opportunity to go out and prove myself."
But after that things began to go wrong. "The following season I got a serious hip injury which ruled me out for 18 months and that knocked me back a lot. After that it's been hard getting back to how I was when I got all of those goals that season.
"I've never really had a sustained run in a team since then, and I know it's going to be difficult with all the strikers here.
"But I'm here to work hard and fight for a place and do my bit for the team. It's going to be tough but it's a challenge I'm relishing."
Notwithstanding the fact McCarthy now has seven strikers at his disposal, Kyle will challenge Freddy Eastwood, Jay Bothroyd, Andy Keogh, Stephen Ward, Stephen Elliott and new signing Sylvan Ebanks-Blake for a place in the starting line, the manager is adamant he has brought a new dimension to his squad.
"He'll offer us something different to what we've already got," McCarthy stated. "We've got plenty of pace in the squad at the moment, but we haven't got a target man. He'll be a big addition."
Kyle came through the youth system at the Stadium of Light and had brief loan spells with Huddersfield, Darlington and Rochdale prior to joining Coventry in the summer of 2006.