Gary Silk has admitted he feared his Boston United playing days were over.
The defender was released by former manager Graham Drury last month.
But in an incredible U-turn, new boss Dennis Greene swooped to bring the former Notts County and Mansfield Town man back to York Street.
And on Saturday, Silk - who spent a period on loan at United from Portsmouth during their Football League days - returned to the side, replacing in jured right back Conor Marshall less than five weeks after being shown the door.
“I didn’t think I’d be back,” said Silk after the weekend’s 3-0 victory at Worcester City, acknowledging the mood of the club has changed dramatically under Greene.
“It’s the same squad, same players but a different dressing room.
“It’s a better atmosphere. When you’re winning games again - everyone’s enjoying their football.”
Silk was courted by other clubs since his United exit but, due to the fact he was undergoing a three-match suspension, he didn’t pen any deals, making him free to return to York Street.
Now Silk says his main goal is to force his way into Greene’s plans for next season.
He added: The gaffer wants to keep the majority of players here and we don’t want to give him the opportunity to bring any new players in.
“I wanted to stay and had no intention of leaving.”