Bristol City's Aden Flint admits he probably dodged a bullet by not joining Birmingham City.
Flint was strongly linked with a move away from Aston Gate during the summer transfer window, with Birmingham one of several clubs credited with interest.
However, none of those suitors were willing to meet Bristol City's asking price for the four-goal 28-year-old.
Flint, who missed four of the Robins' August fixtures as the speculation rumbled on - including a 2-1 defeat against Birmingham, has since re-established himself as a key member of Lee Johnson's team, who sit fourth in the Championship.
Blues, on the other hand, slipped to third from bottom at the weekend. And when asked if he had dodged a bullet by remaining at Ashton Gate, Flint told the Bristol Post: "Well, I'm just back playing football and enjoying football, you know.
"It was a stressful time in the summer not knowing what was going off.
"Given the league position, you'd probably say 'yes, you've dodged a bullet' or whatever, but who knows what can happen in football."
"Like I say, I've just been working hard, enjoying my football, made my way back into the team and hopefully I can keep that. Now it's just down to me to keep my own individual place and also help the team keep up the great performances as well."
Birmingham eventually turned to Brentford's Harlee Dean, who claimed his decision to leave for St Andrew's was heavily influenced by the chance to work with then Blues boss Harry Redknapp.
However, Redknapp was sacked the following month and has since been replaced by his former assistant, and Flint's ex-Robins boss, Steve Cotterill.