Craig Reid says the prospect of playing under Dean Holdsworth again was a major factor in his move to Aldershot Town.
The 26-year-old striker spent two and a half years at Newport while Holdsworth was in charge of the non-league club.
He told BBC Surrey: "I had a couple of offers from League One and I could have stayed at Stevenage if I wanted to.
"As soon as I heard of the interest from the gaffer and Aldershot I wanted to talk to them straight away. I'm more than happy to link up with him again."
The striker added: "It [the move] was down to the respect I had for the gaffer and what he's trying to build here.
"He gave me a chance at Newport and now he's given me another chance now."
Shots assistant manager Matt Bishop says Reid has improved his game since his time playing in non-league.
"The gaffer and myself had him at Newport and he was fantastic there," Bishop told BBC Surrey.
"Going into League football has rounded him. He's not only a goalscorer but he's fantastic with his back to goal and his link-up play."
Reid believes the experience he has gained during his 18-month spell at Stevenage will help the Shots as they target a play-off place in League Two next season.
"The gaffer knows I've got the mentality required and I've got a bit of experience of this league and what it takes to get out of it," Reid continued.
"If I can bring that to this squad that can only be a bonus.
"We want to do as well as we can. The more we play together it becomes clear we'll be in the mix towards the end of the season."