Peterborough United striker Paul Taylor has credited boss Darren Ferguson with resurrecting his career.
The 23-year-old, who once endured a six-month drugs ban, scored his first Posh goal to earn a 2-2 draw at Millwall on Wednesday.
"Maybe when I was younger my head was a bit stupid. Now it's just about football - especially under Darren," he told BBC Radio Cambridgeshire.
"He's a great gaffer and I'm happy working with him."
Ferguson put faith in Taylor, who received warnings during his Chester days for failing to arrive for training, by handing the forward an 18-month contract in March.
"He's easily the best boss by a mile I've played under, by far," Taylor said.
"What he says at half-time, he knows exactly what everyone does, he's on your back.
"There's a tough side to him, everyone's fighting for a place and it's nice to play under him."
Ferguson added: "Paul's been training really well, he's had a pre-season, the lad's got some ability, he's got great feet and is a good dribbler of the ball.
"You saw flashes of it at Millwall, it's just his fitness we've had concerns with, but with the way he's trained the last week, he earned his chance."