Aaron Hughes will lead out Northern Ireland tonight content in the belief his club career is back on track.
The 25-year-old defender has become a regular at Aston Villa after his summer move from Newcastle, where he spent nine years.
He said: "While I was sad to leave I knew I was moving to a big club.
"I made the right decision as I was not guaranteed a place at Newcastle.
"With Villa, though, I know as long as I am performing every week I will be the right-back.
"Everything is going fine. This is a well-run club and from day one they had made me part of the family."
Hughes has become a versatile player for Northern Ireland, not to mention an influential one. He is likely to partner Motherwell's Stephen Craigan at the heart of the defence for the World Cup qualifier against England at Windsor Park tonight.
The pair know they will have their work cut out especially as Michael Owen is back after suspension and ready for his first match since sealing a move to Hughes' former club Newcastle.
Hughes believes both the club and the player will benefit.
"Everyone [in Newcastle] has been lifted by the arrival of Michael Owen," he said. "The doom and gloom that followed the defeat by Manchester United quickly evaporated.
"It was just amazing that thousands of Newcastle fans turned up to see him but that is the way it is up there. They are so passionate about their football. The fans love big names but especially strikers and those who can score goals.
"It is fantastic for the town and I am sure it will work out to be a good move for Michael."
Another who can boost his goalscoring record is Northern Ireland midfielder Stuart Elliott, the Hull City player who scored 29 goals last season from a wide left position which helped his side win promotion to the Coca-Cola Championship.
Elliott, aged 27, missed nearly three months of the season with a fractured cheekbone.
He was linked with Sunderland and Wigan during the summer but remained faithful to the club that gave him his break in English football.
Elliott's professional career only got off the ground when he swapped his job as an industrial window cleaner in Belfast for the comparative bright lights of the Scottish Premier League with Motherwell.
After two successful seasons at Fir Park, where he amassed 24 goals, the Ulsterman was signed by Hull for a club record fee of £230,000 in 2002, at a time when Hull occupied a place in the bottom league of English football.
His arrival coincided with the eventual awakening of the slumbering Tigers. After a solid first season, scoring 12 goals, Hull achieved two consecutive promotions.
His goalscoring form for his country has not been quite as prolific as at club level - with four goals in 28 caps - but he goes into tonight's match having scored a wonderful free-kick goal against Azerbaijan at the weekend.
Elliott's battling journey through the footballing wilderness will stand him in good stead when he faces the challenge of breaching a miserly England defence but he has warned his highprofile opponents they will not have it all their own way.
He said: "The atmosphere here is going to be electric. I don't think England will experience an atmosphere like it. That will be another thing in our favour.
"There will be 14,000 or so here and it will be some night. I suppose everyone is coming here to see the Rooneys and the Beckhams but let's hope they see another goal from Stuart Elliott."
Sanchez's men will be on a high after registering their first competitive victory for four years against Azerbaijan - and Elliott says they will be out to enjoy themselves.
"We are capable of beating England," he said. "The odds are heavily stacked against us because England are a world-class side full of world-class players.
What will work in our favour is that there's no pressure on us. The pressure is on England to finish top of group six. For us, the pressure game was the one against Azerbaijan.