Danny Schofield is relieved to have been brought in from the cold after being frozen out at Rotherham.
The former Huddersfield man endured a nightmare end to his time with the Millers and last played for the club in May 2012.
He was sent out on loan to Accrington and Stockport during the 2012-13 season, with his last competitive appearance coming in April last year.
The 34-year-old says he is enjoying his trial spell at the Shay after not even being allowed to feature in the reserves by former boss Steve Evans.
“I didn’t really feature under the manager since he took over which was about 18 months ago,” said Schofield.
“I was nowhere near the first-team - he didn’t even want to play me in the reserves for some reason.
“The game against Tadcaster was the first competitive game I’ve played for about 12 months.
“He had his own ideas and had a lot of backing from the chairman so he got his own players in and there were a few of us who got pushed aside.
“It was really frustrating because up until then I’d been involved in the first-team throughout my career but that’s football.
“You want to enjoy it as much as you can, especially when you get into your 30’s.
“I spoke to a lot of good people in football like Andy Booth at Huddersfield and he said if you’re fit enough play as long as you can.
“I’ve enjoyed playing football again and got a bit of love back for the game.”
Schofield was at Huddersfield with Town trio Jon Worthington, Matt Glennon and Phil Senior, and that old boys network helped set-up his move to the Shay.
He explained: “I got the heads up off Worthy and he said he recommended me to the gaffer.
“It was always in the back of my mind to give it another go.
“I’ve got a decent network of people in the game so I had options to go and train at other clubs but this was an attractive option for me.
“Neil phoned me up in the summer and invited me down to come training and play a few games.
“We’re just taking it step-by-step, game-by-game and hopefully I can earn a contract.”
Schofield, who missed the midweek defeat to Preston with a hamstring injury, is satisfied with his impact so far in pre-season.
He said: “I think I’ve done OK - obviously I’m building my fitness up after not playing for so long.
“I wasn’t expecting 90 minutes (against Tadcaster) so I was a bit tin-man the next morning!
“I think I can offer something a bit different. We’ve got a lot of good lads and good footballers.
“We’re hard to beat, we’re well organised and work hard for one another.
“If I can come and add a bit of quality in terms of keeping possession then hopefully that’s good enough to earn me a contract.
“I’m really impressed by the set-up of the club,
“It’s a big club for Conference level and it’s definitely a club going places.”