Midfielder Adam Forshaw is looking forward to rediscovering his form at Middlesbrough following a difficult six-month spell at Wigan Athletic.
Forshaw, 23, made the switch to the Riverside on a three-and-a-half year deal on Wednesday, after playing just 17 games for the Latics.
He moved to Wigan from Brentford in September 2014.
"There's no hiding from it, it was a tough six months for me and the team," Forshaw told BBC Tees.
Uwe Rosler, who managed Forshaw at Brentford, took him to Wigan but the German was sacked two months after Forshaw's arrival.
"I moved to Wigan to make the next step in my career but it was stop-start, the manager was sacked and players came in and out," Forshaw continued.
"It was a bit turbulent and I didn't have a great time but now I'm looking forward to what's ahead with Middlesbrough."
Forshaw had played 100 games for Brentford, helping the club win promotion from League One in 2013-14.
Boro are third in the Championship and into the last 16 of the FA Cup after shocking Premier League champions Manchester City in round four.
The Liverpool-born player said: "I understand the team are doing really well so I won't expect to come straight into the side. I just have to keep working hard and do my bit when I'm asked to."
If Forshaw is handed his debut on Saturday, it will coincide with Boro's trip to Griffin Park and a reunion with some familiar faces at Brentford.
"It'll be the first time I've gone back," he added. "I'm not sure what sort of reception I'll get. I'd like to say I gave my all for the two years I was there and the fans were brilliant.
"Everything there was really good and they are a club on the up so it will be a really good game."