David Bentley has vowed to revive his career at Birmingham City after moving to the Midlands on loan from Tottenham for the rest of the season.
Bentley cost Tottenham £15 million when they signed him from Blackburn Rovers in 2008, but a lack of first team action led to the player pursuing football elsewhere.
Bentley said in a press conference on Thursday: "The aim is to resurrect my career and I love football and just want to have the chance to be playing.
"It has been a difficult time for me the last couple of years. I found it hard not being involved as much as I wanted at Tottenham.
"They have got some great players and you can find yourself the wrong side of the fence.
"But there was no fall-out with Harry Redknapp and it is time to put things aside, move on - and hopefully I can have a positive effect on Birmingham."
Alex McLeish confirmed that his new signing will go straight into the squad for Sunday's home derby with Aston Villa.
McLeish said: "He has great quality and he is at an age where he has taken stock and it is time for him to show the quality which led to him playing for England.
"It is time for his boots to do the talking. Ron Atkinson always used to say 'don't tell me, show me.'"
McLeish is also hopeful of securing a deal for Rangers striker Kenny Miller before the derby game with Villa.