Paul Mayo has thanked Boston United for getting his buzz back, after fearing his career in football had come to an end last year.
On Saturday, the ex-Watford and Lincoln City defender made a classy return to action, helping the Pilgrims secure a 2-2 draw at county rivals Gainsborough Trinity, another of his former clubs.
“I thought that was the end for me,” said Mayo, who swapped the turf for the beat when he began a new career with the police force.
“It was nice to get back out and I really enjoyed it.
“I think the buzz was back a little bit.”
Mayo began the season with Stamford but hung up his boots to concentrate on his new line of work.
He was snapped up to do his old boss Graham Drury a favour as regular left back Gareth Jelleyman was struggling with an Achilles injury.
However, 32-year-old Mayo was thrown in on the left wing and admitted to being a little out of breath come the final whistle.
“After the adrenaline stopped I knew about it,” he added.
“I’ve been keeping myself fit, but that’s been going for a jog or dropping the kids off at school.”
Mayo’s shift work means he will be available for selection throughout February, and is keen on playing a part as the Pilgrims head off to promotion chasing Guiseley on Saturday (KO 3pm).