Sunderland's Lee Cattermole has hailed the influence of manager Gus Poyet on his game, while thanking the Uruguayan for saving his career at the Stadium of Light.
The tenacious midfielder looked set to leave the club at various points during the reign of former boss Paolo Di Canio due to his lack of discipline, but has since become an integral part of the lineuep after altering his game under the guidance of the ex-Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur man.
'When I was younger, I wasn't as calm on the pitch as I could have been,' he told the ChronicleLive.
'Things also happened off the pitch which got blown out of proportion. I am more focused now and feel I am at a good time in my career.
'Cleaning up my act? Yeah. It is just being at a good time in my career. I'm not having to try as hard on the pitch and all the lads, as individuals, feel a lot more settled in knowing what the manager wants from everyone on the pitch.
'I've adapted my game to what the manager wants and that is purely and simply a defensive midfielder. I've learnt an unbelievable amount under him.
'I made mistakes last season but I felt I knew where I was trying to get to with my all round game. I've listened to everything the manager has spoken about in training.
'There has been ups and downs but lately it has been a lot more going in the right direction and that's down to the work I've been doing on the training ground.'