Billy Paynter wants to put a turbulent year behind him and show what he can do under Hartlepool United manager Ronnie Moore.
Paynter was made an outcast at League Two rivals Carlisle United after a major falling out with boss Keith Curle, with the striker accusing his former manager of singling him out.
This is a fresh challenge and one I am looking forward toBilly Paynter
The 30-year-old was made to train on his own, was fined over a dispute over missing an extra training session and claims Curle turned down opportunities to send him out on loan.
But a revitalised Paynter is now looking to put a tough 12-month spell in his career behind him after signing a one-year deal at Pools.
Reflecting on his miserable spell at Carlisle, Paynter told SportMail: “It was playing games to get me out and making me uncomfortable.
“There were times when he [Curle] was getting offers for loans but turning them down.
“I don’t really understand that because if you want someone out the club and have been getting offers for them, then let them go.
“It is a relief to be out of that situation.
“This is a fresh challenge and one I am really looking forward to.
“I watched a lot of games
last year and it is not nice watching because as a player you want to be out there helping your team mates.”
In an emotional interview, Paynter told the News and Star he broke down in front of the Carlisle management team over his increasingly difficult situation at the club.
He even resorted to drafting in the Professional Footballer’s Association to help resolve the conflict, adding the episode almost cost him his family and his career.
Leaving Brunton Park was vital for the target man, who will play a key role in Moore’s new-look Pools side.
And the former Swindon Town, Leeds United and Doncaster Rovers striker is relishing the chance to work under Moore.
“The manager here likes to tell it how it is, and that is what you want as a player,” added Paynter.
“You don’t want anybody telling you any lies or mollycoddlying you.
“If you are not doing the job then you want to be told, otherwise you find yourself out of the team.
“The manager is so well respected and that is part of the reason why I came, plus he is a fellow Scouser!
“Also, I played with Sam Collins and both him and Sweens [Antony Sweeney] told me about the club too.
“I was pleased for the ovation he got from Pools fans last year, that encouraged me more to come here and play.”
And Paynter, who cut-short his holiday to complete a medical on Saturday, insists he had no hesitation in joining League Two Pools.
He added: “I grabbed the chance to come here because I couldn’t see myself going anywhere at Carlisle and I needed a fresh start.
“As soon as I spoke to Sam and the gaffer it was a challenge I wanted and needed.
“My time there was frustrating and difficult at times but my family helped me through it.
“I now want to move on.
“I have had a bad stint in my career and want to reignite myself.”