Marouane Chamakh says he has learned to enjoy his football again this season after signing for Crystal Palace.
The Moroccan striker joined the Eagles from Arsenal last summer, having fallen down the pecking order at the Emirates Stadium.
But the 30-year-old has been a regular starter in red and blue since his arrival at Selhurst Park – and Chamakh says he has relished that opportunity.
“Everyone knows I have enjoyed being here this season,” he told cpfc.co.uk.
“We had a big challenge ahead when I came here – probably bigger than any challenge I’ve had before – so that was good for me.
“We did well this season, there was a good atmosphere among the players and now that we are at the end of the season I can look back and be really, really happy about what we achieved.
“I’ve played a lot more football this season and that’s why I came here. It was a challenge to play regularly, to enjoy my football and have fun again.
“I lost that before at Arsenal and West Ham. It was really important for me to find that emotion again. I needed that, I wanted that and I am so happy.”
Chamakh heaped praise on manager Tony Pulis for the effect he has had not just on himself, but the rest of the Palace squad.
“Tony is very different to the managers I’ve had before, but he has proved himself well with Stoke and then with Crystal Palace,” he said.
“The players here can feel the difference now working under him. We are much better, more confident and stronger in all areas – that came from him.”
To read more of our interview with Marouane Chamakh, where he also discusses what his future holds and provides his thoughts on the Crystal Palace fans, pick up a copy of Monday night’s Palace Programme.