Euan Forsyth is relishing his return to the Fife Flyers team this season after becoming the forgotten man last term.
The defenceman was dropped from the line-up and used only sparingly during the run to the play-off semi-finals last season.
But the 29-year-old has knuckled down and reclaimed his place this season - and he has no intentions of letting it slip this time.
“Last year I went through a bit of a tough time,” Forsyth told the Press.
“I played at the start then when we went on a good run I never played. It was just down to circumstances.
“I went through a little bit of a slump where I never played well, then it was hard to get back in the team once the guys went on that run.
“I knew I just had to bide my time and work hard at the start of this year to get back in the team.
“Now I’m back, I just don’t want to be out the team. I’m just working hard, and going about my business quietly.”
Despite falling out of favour last season, the former GB under 20 internationalist was determined to stay and fight for his place in Fife.
“All I really wanted to do was come back to Fife and when I spoke to Dutes he was adamant he wanted me back,” he explained.
“He told me what I needed to do to get back in the team and I feel I’ve done that - I’ve just got to keep going now.
“I feel I’ve been consistent so far. I don’t go about my business flashy. I just work hard and do what I can for the team.”
Forsyth was handed extra responsibility at the weekend due to Thomas Muir’s suspension and was named man of the match in Saturday’s 5-0 win over his former club, Dundee Stars.
“Tommy being banned was unfortunate, he’s been great for us so far, so all the defence knew we had to step up our game,” Forsyth said.
“I don’t get man of the match very often so I’ll take it, and to get the shut-out is great, especially for Kevin Regan.
“All of the D played great on Saturday and Kevin just keeps playing well week in, week out.”
Flyers results have been inconsistent so far this season but Forsyth is confident that the roster is capable of achieving its goal to win silverware.
“I feel we’re going to challenge for the conference and the challenge cup,” he said.
“There are some good sides and it’s not going to be easy but Fife Flyers have a great history of winning things so we need to do what we can.”