Former Blackburn Rovers midfielder Lewis Holtby currently plies his trade with Holstein Kiel in 2. Bundesliga and has enjoyed his start to life back in his native land.
Eight appearances this season for the North German side, where he has signed a two-year-deal, has given the player a sense of normality following his release from Ewood Park in the summer.
Still only 31-years-old, Holtby was at one point of his countries brightest prospects during his time with FC Schalke 04.
But an unsuccessful stint in the Premier League with Tottenham Hotspur soon saw his stock fall.
He missed 26 games for Rovers in total, during an injury-plagued spell in Lancashire.
"I am grateful for my career. I've played for great clubs, in the Bundesliga, in the Premier League and the Championship," Holtby told Werder Bremen fanzine Deich Stube
"It was always important to me to play, hence the many changes and loans. From today's point of view, it would be easy for me to say I should have made a different decision here or there."
As a youngster, Holtby really came into his own during a loan spell at Mainz 05 under the tutelage of now Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel, before later returning to Schalke under the wing of newly appointed Manchester United boss Ralf Rangnick.
Contract talks with the Royal Blues broke down in the winter of 2012 which enabled Spurs to pick him up on a pre-agreement, before opting into a January permanent deal to bring him to London sooner.
"At that time I got the chance to play for a top club in England (Tottenham). I used this. Sometimes you have to be brave. Nobody can say in which direction it would have gone if I had stayed at Schalke at the time," Holtby said.
"But I've loved every club I've been at. I'm happy with the choices I've made."
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