Nigel Quashie is hoping to end 16 months of personal hell with a loan switch to Birmingham City.
The Scotland international has been sidelined with a persistent ankle injury that threatened to end his career but, after undergoing three operations and after seeking advice from a top specialist in Holland, the 30-year-old is back playing and hopes to resurrect his career with Blues.
Quashie has been commuting from London every day to train with Blues and a one-month loan deal has been agreed with his club West Ham United.
So determined is he to prove to Blues boss Alex McLeish, who he has previously played for at international level, that he is fully fit again, Quashie has even put aside the personal trauma of losing his mother to cancer 11 days ago to concentrate on training.
He came through last night’s reserve team game with Manchester City and is now hoping to finally receive a fresh start.
“It has been a really frustrating time and I did think I would have to pack in, so I am grateful just to be playing again” Quashie said.
“Losing my mum, who I was very close to, as well has made it the hardest times of my life so I am due a bit of luck after everything I have been through.
“Everyone at Birmingham has been fantastic.
“Alex has given me the chance to come here and train and if I get an opportunity to come here and play it will be a massive sigh of relief. It would be great to be part of a club that is pushing to get back into the top flight, and with the players we have here we can do it.”
Fellow traillist Souleymane Mamam was also in action in the 1-1 draw. Blues defender Jared Wilson opened the scoring after 20 minutes but Ian Daly hit back for City just before half time after a slip from Franck Queudrue.