Colchester winger Sanchez Watt claims a motivation for joining the League One side was to escape busy London life.
"I enjoyed myself on and off the pitch when I was last here so it is a good move for me," he told BBC Essex.
"Colchester is a nice, quiet place and that's what I like. It's good for me to just get down to work and focus - London is a bit too loud and exciting."
Hackney-born Watt is a graduate of the Arsenal academy and after signing professional forms four years ago, he made just one start for the club, a 2009 League Cup game against West Brom in which he also scored.
He has though made a total of 63 appearances during loan spells with Southend, Leeds, Sheffield Wednesday, Crawley and the U's.
"There were options higher in the [Football] League but it came down to playing games as I don't want to be somewhere to just sit on the bench," Watt continued.
"The relationship I had with [Colchester manager] Joe Dunne when I was on loan helped me make the decision.
"This move was a very important one at this stage in my career and I know it's the right one because I know the place, I know the players and I know the manager."