Martin Woods has swapped Christmas movies for Doncaster Rovers DVDs - and would love nothing more than a happy ending.
As a half time replacement for fellow Rovers returnee Richie Wellens, the 27-year-old finally put behind him his arduous battle with injury at Birmingham on Tuesday night.
Woods, in his own words, says he has a score to settle at Rovers. He admits to being “a waste of money for a couple of years”.
And during the bad times he confesses to seeking solace from a Rom-Com of the Rovers variety, a reminder of the good times.
“Just because of all my injuries I’ve got into the habit of throwing on a couple of DVDs, just to keep myself in the football mode,” said Woods.
“It reminds you of what you were part of and it keeps your spirits up a wee bit.
“I had a couple on the other night from a few seasons ago - Charlton away and Forest away.
“I just sat up watching them. You forget what kind of wavelength you were on with the likes of Copps and Richie. It’s all coming back to me now!
“So Home Alone has definitely been put to one side this Christmas!
“It’s good to be back,” he continued.
“It probably suits me more to be in this team than last season. The gaffer wants people to pass it, whereas last season it was more direct and route one.
“But it’s just good to feel good again. For a couple of years there was always some sort of niggle.
“Structurally I was completely wrong, but everything’s in line now. It just took the right people to look at it and get to the bottom of it.”
Woods is on standby to replace Wellens at the Reebok tomorrow. If the Scot gets his chance, he’ll be fired up to make an impression.
“I genuinely feel I’ve got a score to settle here,” said Woods.
“I want to show the fans that I am over all the injuries.
“I was a complete waste of money for a couple of years. I have no problem admitting that.
“During that time the club rejected a couple of bids for me, so it’s nice to get the opportunity to prove to people it was worth giving me a chance again.
“I had a few offers over the summer,” he added.
“St Johnstone wanted to sign me but it wasn’t the right move for me.
“It was looking as if I’d be going to America or somewhere else abroad, and then I said to John Ryan ‘do you mind if I come in training for two or three weeks?’
“John told me ‘if you’re completely over your injuries we might be able to do something for you’.
“The day before I signed here I got a call from Mick McCarthy offering me a chance to go to Ipswich.
“I’d been waiting for a Championship club. I feel I can still play at this level, although I wouldn’t have said that a year ago.
“When the two offers came at the same time I was thinking ‘what do I do here?’ But my first thought was that I wanted to payback the people who have stood by me.
“That’s basically what I want to do. I’m still only 27. I feel like I’ve still got a lot to offer going forward.”