Aiden McGeady has revealed that he had forgotten what it was like to be a footballer after finally ending his miserable spell at Everton.
After securing a loan move to Sheffield Wednesday on Transfer Deadline Day following speculation linking him with La Liga side Sevilla, the winger says that he knew he had to get away from Goodison Park if he was to have any chance of securing his place in the Ireland squad for Euro 2016.
The 29-year-old played just 45 minutes for Everton this season before agreeing to move to the Championship to try and help Wednesday in their promotion bid.
"I forgot what it was like to be a footballer. I was training Monday to Friday and then having weekends off. Once it got to October/November, I knew I had to get out," he told the BBC.
McGeady has also says that Ireland manager Martin O'Neill had encouraged him to leave Everton in search of first-team football.
O'Neill had told Off The Ball that players like McGeady required game-time to make sure of their Euro 2016 places.