Lancaster City new boy Garry Hunter is hoping he can enjoy his football again at Giant Axe after a year to forget.
The former Morecambe man is keen to move on from a hugely disappointing 12 months with Barrow that saw the Cumbrians relegated from the Conference Premier Division and the midfielder consider retirement at just 28.
He said: “It was difficult, it was a weird season.
“It’s probably the year I want to forget to be honest and I want to get back on winning terms and see what we can do with Lancaster.
“I didn’t enjoy last season whatsoever.
“I was considering retiring and not playing again and I did have quite a few offers in higher leagues but hopefully I can come here and start enjoying my football again.”
The fact Hunter contemplated retirement and turned down the chance to play higher than the Evo-Stik First Division North is mainly down to a change in priorities.
He recently married and has a job he enjoys working as a care worker at Underley Garden School in Kirkby Lonsdale, which specialises in looking after people with complex learning difficulties and disabilities.
He said: “I’ve just recently got married, I’m trying to settle down a bit and I’m sick of travelling with football at the moment and I’m working a good job so Lancaster suited me.
“They’ve been brilliant with me.
“They must have called me six, seven times and they made me a few promises and I gave them my word that I’d sign which I did, and hopefully this is the right club for me.”
It is only 12 months since Hunter dropped out of the Football League after ending his nine-year association with his home-town Shrimps but the midfielder says that’s irrelevant.
He said: “I know people might say I was only at Morecambe 12 months ago but it doesn’t really matter to me, he’s (Lancaster City director of football Mick Hoyle) put an offer to me, he wants me to help the younger lads and take Lancaster to the next step and hopefully I can do that.”
Hunter will look to move City forward from the heart of the midfield, having filled in regularly at right back for Barrow.
He said: “I play all over the place but I’ve been assured I’ve come as a central midfielder.
“To be honest I need to start enjoying my football again and after last year I’ve got something to prove to myself so I won’t be taking it lightly.
“I’m sure we’ll be going for a play-off spot.”