Notts County centre-half Mike Edwards has admitted he feared his eight-year spell at Meadow Lane was over before Keith Curle was appointed manager.
The 31-year-old was left out of the squad by former boss Martin Allen and had not played since 31 December.
"It's great to be back. I thought I had played my last game for the club," Edwards told BBC Radio Nottingham.
"I had a great reception and response from the crowd and it was as great to get another chance.
"I was looking to get things sorted for next year - that was the situation I was in. I may have been out sooner but the new gaffer has come in an everyone has a clean slate again so I'm just hoping to impress."
He added: "I did a lot of training on my own and the youth boys have helped me out because I've been training with them.
"The last two months I have been running back from the training ground, trying to keep fit and hoping to get another chance
"It's been a long two months and it's been difficult."