Exeter City striker Will Hoskins says he is looking forward to getting his career back on track at St James Park.
The 29-year-old signed for City last week after being troubled by knee and groin injuries during spells with Brighton and Oxford United.
"It's a worrying time when you've been out for so long, whether someone will take that gamble on you and show that faith," Hoskins told BBC Sport.
"I'm just lucky that this club has shown me that faith."
Hoskins has not played regularly since leaving Bristol Rovers for Brighton in the summer of 2011, having seriously injured his knee while at the Seagulls and then his groin soon after joining Oxford United last summer, which restricted him to six appearances last term.
"It's frustrating, and you have your times when you think, especially after my knee, am I ever going to get back?" said Hoskins, who has played in all four divisions of English league football.
"But Exeter have been brilliant with me so far, it's exactly what I needed.
"They've not pushed me too much, they know exactly what I need, and it seems to be working really well.
"I just want to get back playing. Yes I think I'll be a bit rusty, but as long as I work hard and do the right things everything else will come together."