Warren Feeney has been given a new lease of life at Oldham and that can only be good news for his Northern Ireland career.
Feeney, who was released by Cardiff City in May, is desperate to play football with a smile on his face.
The east Belfast man wants to relive his Dundee United days when the game put a spring in his step and a new adventure at League one side Oldham under boss Paul Dickov and his assistant Gerry Taggart could see him achieve that goal.
The 29-year-old, who is hoping to make it 35 Northern Ireland caps against Montenegro in Podgorica tomorrow night, says he’s ready to relaunch his career by banging the goals in for club and country.
“It is a new club and a new experience, it is all about playing football for me,” said Feeney.
“I know the Manchester area. It was an easy choice speaking to Paul Dickov and Taggs. They definitely know what they want. They want pure, hard work and they are two honest guys.
“Nigel (Worthington) has made it clear he wants players playing football.
“I don't want to be sitting around. You need to be feeling good about yourself and it is something I want to be part off.
“I was enjoying my football at Dundee United playing week in, week out. I think I proved that with Northern Ireland.
“But last year was a write off.
“I was gutted when the Leeds thing collapsed. I was champing at the bit to get out of Cardiff but it just didn't happen.
“I want to get back to what it was like before.”
Feeney knows the fans are desperate to see Northern Ireland sparkle in the Euro 2012 qualifiers and he doesn’t believe they will be let down, particularly if they end their wretched away day blues.
“Everyone knows about our away form, we have got to put that right.
“It is a friendly, a get-together but we want to get into good habits,” he added.
“We have talented young players coming through and the more experience they get, hopefully it will help them later on in life.”