Martin Scott is looking forward to a new chapter in his career after turning down a possible move abroad to sign for Raith Rovers.
The versatile 28-year-old midfielder was snapped up by the Kirkcaldy side this week following his release from Championship rivals Livingston at the end of the season.
Scott had interest from a club in Germany but decided that the shorter move to Fife was the best move - both for football and family reasons.
Scott told the Press: “I spoke to the gaffer at Livingston (John McGlynn) before the end of the season and I knew with a couple of games left that I wouldn’t be renewing my contract.
“It was nothing to do with how I performed - I had a good season with Livingston - it was just one of those things.
“I could’ve had the opportunity to go to Germany for a pre-season with a club in the third Bundesliga, but my kids are aged three, four and five, and are settling in at school, so the best option for the moment was to stay in Scotland.
“I really enjoyed my football in the Championship last season, and it was an easier option to commit early this time because it’s going to be such a great league.”
Scott made his name as a powerful attacking midfielder during a four-year spell at Ross County, and was hugely influential in the Highlanders’ run to the Scottish Cup final in 2010, scoring in the semi-final win over Celtic.
An £100,000 transfer to Hibs followed in January 2011 but the move turned sour after he was fined for a training ground punch-up that left a team mate with a broken jaw, and he was subsquently loaned back to County for a season.
Scott was released by Hibs last summer, and after a possible move to England fell through, he joined home-town club Livingston, making 38 appearances and scoring five goals.
“Going from County to Hibs should’ve been the move where I kicked on,” Scott said.
“The first six months were great then a couple of things happened and I ended up having to rebuild my career after that.
“I’ve just had a productive season where I was enjoying my football and getting regular games. Now I’m looking forward to kicking on next season.
“Everybody can do better - I should’ve score more goals - but 16 assists and five goals from midfield was a productive season for myself.
“I want to progress on what I got back in my game last season - if I can do that, it will be all the better for Raith Rovers and for myself.”
Scott revealed that former Hibs team mate Callum Booth helped make his mind up on the move to Stark’s Park.
“I spoke to Callum and he had great things to say about the club,” he said.
“I even spoke to John McGlynn and he sent me a text to stay that I’d joined a great club with great people and that I’d enjoy it there.
“It sounds as if I’m going to a well-organised club who are trying to do the right things, and that’s an attraction, especially in this day and age.”
Scott was surprised to see Rovers struggle against relegation last season after a promising start.
“They probably under-achieved with the squad they had but I know the gaffer is trying to build a competitive side,” he said.
“They maybe lacked a bit of strength in depth last year but if we can get a good start, then you never know; maybe we can squeeze into the play-offs.
“It’s going to be a difficult league, but it’s a great opportunity and something to relish with Hearts, Hibs and Rangers taking part.
“There will probably be a mini-league outwith the big clubs but we’ll try to compete with them. I certainly don’t think they’ll get it all their own way in this division.”