Derby County's Lee Croft eager to make up for lost time
Midfielder Lee Croft is desperate to seize a second chance at Derby County and make up for a miserable 12 months.
Croft, 26, did not feature for the Rams at all last season and was loaned out to League One side Huddersfield Town.
But he said he has returned to training fully fit and has been encouraged by a chat with manager Nigel Clough.
"It's fair to say it's probably been the low point in my career. I want to put that behind me and want a fresh start," he told BBC Radio Derby.
"I'm enjoying myself since I've been in the last couple of weeks.
"I had a chat with the gaffer towards the end of last season and things were looking a lot more positive. He told me to work hard over the summer, come back in pre-season and give myself the best opportunity possible.
"I went away and did that and I have come back feeling sharp and ready and I'm hoping it's a fresh start and hoping to get back playing football."
Croft moved to Pride Park in July 2009 after leaving Norwich City. But he has only played 21 games for the Rams.
"It's hard when you are not playing games but I kept my head down and kept working and hopefully I'll reap the benefits of that," Croft added.
"I didn't moan and just got on with it. It's the only thing you can do. Hopefully this year will be a good year for me.
"This is where I want to be. I don't want to be going anywhere else on loan. It's up to me to force my way back into the gaffer's plans and make sure I stay here."