New Morecambe signing Jamie Devitt admits his career has gone backwards since impressing for Hull City in the Championship.
The winger played around 20 games in the Football League’s second tier in the 2010-2011 season having come through the ranks at the KC Stadium.
And having joined the Shrimps on a month’s loan from Chesterfield, the 23-year-old Dubliner believes he has the ability to play at that level again.
Devitt said: “I played 20-odd games in my first season in the Championship for Hull.
“It was a great experience but I’ve gone backwards since then really.
“I ask myself most days why I’ve taken a step back.
“Maybe my attitude wasn’t right but I’m learning now and I think this year and last I’ve done a lot better.
“I need to work hard now to try and get back up to that level.”
The former Republic of Ireland under 21 international joined the Spireites in the summer having been released by Hull after loan spells at the likes of Shrewsbury Town, Grimsby Town, Bradford City, Accrington Stanley and Rotherham United.
That means Devitt is no stranger to both the Globe Arena and some members of the Shrimps dressing room.
He said: “I’ve played here a good few times because I’ve been on loan at quite a few clubs.
“So I know a good few of the lads and it’s a good club to come to and I’m looking forward to it.
“I know Podge (Padraig Amond), Marshy (Marcus Marshall), Kev El (Kevin Ellison) and a few more as well.
“I spoke to them before I came up and they said there’s a good group of lads and a good team spirit.
“I’m really looking forward to it.”
Despite having only recently signed a contract extension at the Proact Stadium until the end of the season, Devitt has fallen down the pecking order in Paul Cook’s squad and is just looking forward to playing regular football for the Shrimps.
He said: “I went in on Monday morning at Chesterfield and the gaffer called me in and said that the gaffer here had rung up to see if I was available to play some games.
“I jumped at the chance really because I haven’t been playing much at Chesterfield so I just want to play.
“I don’t if there’s an option for it to be extended, that depends on the two gaffers and how the month goes.
“We’ll just have to wait and see.”
His Shrimps career starts with Portsmouth visiting the Globe Arena on Saturday and Devitt is hoping he can show the home fans what he’s all about.
He said: “I just like getting on the ball, creating things and getting my name on the scoresheet.
“Hopefully that can start on Saturday.”