Darren Fletcher admits it has been good to prove he is not over the hill after leaving Manchester United.
West Bromwich Albion captain Darren Fletcher has admitted to the Birmingham Mail that it has felt good this season to prove wrong anybody who thought his career was virtually over after leaving Manchester United.
The Scottish midfielder's later years at Old Trafford were disrupted by injury and illness, with the midfielder barely featuring in a two-year period after contracting bowel disease.
The 32-year-old joined Albion in February 2015 after playing just 34 competitive games for United since May 2011, but he has enjoyed something of a career resurgence at the Hawthorns.
He admitted to the Birmingham Mail that he was pleased to have out any doubts about his future to rest, saying: "Maybe there was [a doubt] but I never had any. I had no doubts at all. It was never an issue for me. I knew my fitness levels would gradually get better, but it’s been great to actually show it.
"Football is a funny game. I knew the challenges coming back from an illness, that a bad performance or two would be ‘Oh yeah, he’s been ill and is never going to be the same player.’ But, for me, it was never an issue and I believed in myself as a footballer and I believed I’d get back to fitness.
"That’s the easy thing to say – but I’d rather people just say, ‘You’ve had a really bad game’, which is probably what it was and nothing to do with the illness or coming back."
Fletcher who played nearly 350 times in over 12 years as a professional at Old Trafford, has been a key performer in West Brom's recent surge in form.
Tony Pulis' side are unbeaten in their last four league matches, winning three, and have lost just twice in their last 11 in the Premier League, a run of form which has seen them pull away from relegation trouble and up into the safety of mid-table.