Olly Allen has revealed his sadness at leaving King's Lynn Stars to join Peterborough Panthers.
But the 29-year-old, who captained the Norfolk club last season, has defended his move between the local rivals.
"I feel so bad leaving King's Lynn because I had so much fun there," he told BBC Radio Cambridgeshire.
"It rekindled my love for the sport and got the fire back in my belly. I love the club. But I needed to do what was best for my family."
Allen, from Norwich, started his career with the Panthers and hopes his return can coincide with an improvement in fortunes for the club, who have not collected silverware since 2006.
"They're desperate to win," he said. "But they're also desperate to have fun.
"Last year their team spirit wasn't great and that's something I feel I contributed to at King's Lynn.
"It would be great to win a trophy with Peterborough."