Aston Villa’s new loan signing Scott Sinclair has admitted his relief at being given an opportunity of first-team football after suffering at parent club Manchester City, the Daily Star report.
The former Swansea City man opted to leave Wales for the reigning Premier League champions in the summer of 2012, signing a four-year deal at the Etihad.
However, the competition for places at the Citizens soon took its toll on the 25-year-old as he found himself restricted to the odd substitute appearance – even in the domestic cups.
Now, Sinclair has the opportunity to play first-team football at Villa Park and he has hinted that a happy spell of playing regularly could tempt him away from Manchester permanently.
“It is hard to give someone advice about what you’ve been through, but now if I had the chance, if I was playing week in week out and was happy, then I would probably think twice about going back to a top-four club,” he was quoted as saying by the Daily Star.
“No player goes to a team thinking they are not going to play. Everyone has ambitions.
“I’ve gone through a hell of a lot and I’m still here and still wanting to prove myself. I’ve still got that hunger to play football.
“Most of my family missed watching me and seeing me because most of the time I was unhappy.
“Every single time I would train on a Saturday and go back and watch Match of the Day and it gets disheartening when you are watching it.”
Sinclair suffered a disappointing debut for the Villans as he came on for the final 25 minutes during his new side’s 5-0 defeat at Arsenal.
The result leaves the Midlands outfit just three points above the drop zone and looking precariously over their shoulder as they struggle to score goals.
Sinclair will be hoping he can make a difference and provide Paul Lambert's men with a cutting edge in attack - and what better game to make his mark than this weekend against league leaders Chelsea.