Callum Kennedy hopes move to Scunthorpe United will bring both success and games
Success was tempered by a stop-start season for Callum Kennedy last term, before he came to Scunthorpe United.
Part of Swindon Town's League Two title-winning side, the full-back enjoyed promotion but found game time limited at his former club.
Now at Scunthorpe, he hopes to combine the two.
For Kennedy, his move to Glanford Park provides a welcomed fresh start.
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"I needed a change of scene really," said the 23-year-old, who spent five years with the Robins before being released this summer.
"I think when you come through the youth team it's difficult. Even at 21 I was still seen as one of the young lads that had come through.
"In that sense I think it's good for me to kind of get away from it.
"It's a chance to start afresh.
"I had a good time at Swindon and learnt a lot through all the managers I had there, and I learnt a lot of things from last season.
"For me, it was a bit stop and start, although I think I played about 25 games in the end and it was nice to be part of a promotion-winning side.
"You always remember the seasons where you were successful and because we were champions it makes it that little bit better.
"It's always something I'll look back on, but I'm looking forward to Scunthorpe now.
"I want this to be my first full season of games.
"I want to play as many games as I can and put a good run together. Hopefully that will come."
The same sentiment applies to success at Scunthorpe.
Although only the third player to agree a contract at Glanford Park this summer, following keeper James Severn and midfielder Josh Walker, Kennedy is optimistic about the campaign ahead.
"I know Scunthorpe had some key players injured and they didn't end up in the best position last year but it wasn't as bad as it seemed," said the left-back.
"I think the squad will be getting made stronger with more signings to come.
"Hopefully when they do, we will be able to determine what kind of challenge we can sustain in the league – and hopefully it will be one where we're pushing for promotion."
And along the way, Kennedy is looking forward to playing the passing brand of football boss Alan Knill is keen to instil in his squad.
"That was one of the main points of coming – because of the manager's style of football," he added. "I think that will suit me well.
"When I went to meet the manager, the way he was telling me about the way he wants to play football really attracted me.
"And the general sort of feeling I was getting from him and the club made me want to sign.
"I hope it won't take time to settle in.
"Everyone has to get used to each other, but I'm sure it won't take long and hopefully we can gel together quite quickly and have a good season."