Rewind 12 months, Andy Taylor left Walsall and League One for Blackpool, with the aim of returning to the third tier of the first time of asking.
Now, after captaining The Seasiders to League Two promotion via the Play-Offs, the left-back is looking forward to a fresh season exactly where he planned to be.
“It’s worked out just as I’d hoped really,” he admitted. “I took a step down to play here but I knew, speaking to the manager and looking at the squad, we had a really good chance of going back up.
“We did it the long way through the Play-Offs, but now we’re back in League One and can’t rest on out laurels, we’ve got to build and push on.”
The 31-year-old’s character was put to the test in the Play-Offs, with a hamstring injury ruling him out of the Wembley final, but Taylor rallied the troops and reaped the rewards.
“I knew it wasn’t a bad injury, it was just the timing of it. I gave it a go in training because it was a Play-Off final, but it pulled again and I was devastated.
“However, at the end of the game all those bad feelings went out the window, lifting the trophy and celebrating with the lads. All the hard work paid off.”
Now focus turns to League One, and after returning for pre-season on Wednesday, Blackpool are now in Scotland on tour and Taylor has seen six new faces fit into the group seamlessly.
“For the one’s that were here last year, it’s more of a case of keep ticking over so you’re not starting from scratch. You come into it having a rolling start and everyone looks at a decent level.
“Nowadays there’s so many comings and goings at every club, this pre-season is about getting to know each other, finding out how people tick by spending time together.
“Going to Scotland helps because you’re in each other’s pockets for a week so you get to know your new team mate,” he added.