Blackpool's latest recruit Lomana Lua-Lua says he has nothing to prove following his move to Bloomfield Road.
The 30-year-old has signed a deal with the club until the end of the season after spending the last four years plying his trade in Greece, Qatar and Cyprus.
It was during his time at Newcastle and Portsmouth that he made his name and the forward admits he is glad to have returned to England but has no regrets over his foreign experience.
"I don't regret moving abroad, I know that people in England think that it isn't the same sort of football but I was playing in the Champions League with Olympiakos and that was something that I really wanted to do," he said.
"When I was at Newcastle I had a taste of it and I wanted another chance to play in that competition.
"It was great and until you actually go there you can't understand the passion for the game over there.
"I went to Qatar and then back to Greece and then to Cyprus but England is my home and this is the place that people say I should never have left, but sometimes in football you have to experience something different and that's what I did.
"Now I'm back I just want to play my part at Blackpool and use my experience from playing in other countries to try and get promoted."
The Congolese international has spent the summer on trial at a number of different clubs as he was forced to prove himself all over again and while that was the cause of much frustration, he says the intervention of Ian Holloway has given him a new lease of life.
"It's a bit annoying that I've had to come back and prove myself over again but that's what football is like - I went on trial at Birmingham and I thought that things went well and we had a game against Tottenham and I thought I played well, but sometimes the manager has to make a decision.
"I had a few days training at Brighton as well but that wasn't comfortable for my brother (Kazenga) who was there and then I had a couple of days at Hartlepool because Mick Wadsworth is a friend of mine but when the chance to came at Blackpool I wanted to play at the highest level possible.
"I don't have anything to prove to anyone, I just want to enjoy my football and we'll see what happens.
"The manager asked me to come down to have a look at me and it was great to see his passion, it made me be determined because of how he wanted his team to play and the freedom he wants to give his players.
"This is what I need, I had that with Harry Redknapp and it's similar to what I've got now," he added.
Lua-Lua made a goalscoring appearance in a behind closed doors friendly last week in a display that sealed his move to Bloomfield Road and he can't wait to get to grips with some competitive action.
I just need match fitness; in England you have to be physically able to get up and down for 90 minutes whereas abroad you are more reliant on your technique.
It won't take me long, it's just games, I haven't done my pre-season which makes it a bit difficult but I'm lucky in that I don't lose much fitness and I just need games now to get back and get my rhythm again.
"I watched Blackpool last year and I know that Charlie Adam and DJ Campbell and a couple of others have moved on but we're a good team and I can see that the team plays in the same spirit as the manager.
"Words can't express how the manager works and the lads are good guys and I can see that already, it's been great to train with them so far and I can't wait to get playing again.
"I actually played at Blackpool a long, long time ago when I started out at Colchester United and I remember it very well and hopefully it won't be long before I play at the stadium again."http://www.blackpoolfc.co.uk/page/NewsD ... 36,00.html