Winger Matty Robson hopes to revive his love of football following Wednesday's loan move to Gateshead from parent club Carlisle United.
Robson, 29, has been limited to just five league starts at Brunton Park this season, prompting Gary Mills' interest.
Mills brought the former Hartlepool player to Tyneside and handed him a debut in Wednesday's draw with Woking.
"I've come to Gateshead to fall in love with football again," Durham-born Robson told BBC Newcastle.
"It's been a tough season, for whatever reason I've not played enough games.
"The gaffer has talked about the squad being lively and friendly to be around and that's what I need to start enjoying the game again."
Despite beginning his career as a winger, Robson has found himself deployed at full-back in recent years and made his Gateshead bow at left-back in the goalless draw.
It was a first taste of Conference football for the player who had made 324 appearances at Football League level before his International Stadium switch.
"I honestly don't think there's a big gulf between League Two and the Conference," Robson added.
"You see the teams that have made the step up, Newport, Cambridge and Luton have all adapted really well.
"It might be a bit more physical but you've got to expect that in the professional game."