South African striker Benni McCarthy is determined to prove his worth at West Ham United, having struggled during his first few months at Upton Park.
The 32-year-old made just five appearances for the Hammers following his arrival from Blackburn Rovers in January, being hampered by injury and a lack of match fitness.
McCarthy is already back in training and eager to improve, telling the Epping Forest Guardian:"I am very determined and that is why I decided to come back earlier.
"I wanted to make a fresh start. What I couldn't do then, I want to be able to do now. I still have loads to prove to the West Ham fans.
"For me, I am like a new player coming in, because last season I am writing off.
"The injury is completely fine and the weight is back to normal. I have been following my programme since the end of the season.
"It is the first time that something like this has happened to me and I need to make sure it doesn't happen again.
"I have been training hard for two weeks now and it is all off my own back."