Jack Leitch admits he appreciates being able to still play football regularly because at one point there was the possibility he would never do it again.
The midfielder has penned a new contract with Peterhead to keep him at Balmoor for next season.
After joining the Blue Toon last summer, Leitch enjoyed a fine campaign with the Buchan side.
The 22-year-old made 42 appearances and scored six goals.
Leitch admits he appreciates playing regularly, after having to battle back from a severe knee injury earlier in his career.
In October 2014 he ruptured his posterior cruciate ligament in an Under-20s game while with Motherwell.
Leitch returned at the end of that season and after leaving the Steelmen in 2016, he has featured regularly for Airdrieonians and now Peterhead.
He said: “I definitely appreciate being able to play regular.
“It’s something I’ve enjoyed and I enjoyed it before, at Airdrieonians.
“Having two full seasons under my belt has been great. I’ve had a couple of niggles in that time but you always get them during a season – but, touch wood, I haven’t had anything serious since the knee.
“I think it’s the confidence of playing every week and getting games that gives you belief that you are fine and that everything is all right.
“It (the injury) is always in the back of your mind when you first come back, but you need to work on that over time.
“You need to concentrate on what you’re doing on the park and concentrate on doing the good things on the pitch and not worrying about that.
“If you start worrying about that mentally then something will eventually happen. You need to stay positive and keep playing football.”
For Leitch it was an easy decision to stay with Peterhead and he feels he has rediscovered the form he showed as a promising youngster at Fir Park.
He added: “I’ve really enjoyed my time up at Peterhead. I loved playing last season.
“We were a bit disappointed with the way things ended.
“We won nine of the last 10 games, finished with 76 points, but didn’t win the league or go up through the play-offs.
“But I’m looking forward to trying to right a few wrongs from last year and make sure we win the league next season.
“I feel I improved at Peterhead. I thought I got stronger as the season went on.
“I felt I finished the season really strongly and I felt I was starting to get back to the player I was at 17 or 18 at Motherwell, when people were talking about me a lot.
“It was good to have that confidence and play without any fear. The manager, Jim McInally, is a big part of that – he allows me to get on the ball and create things for the team.
“I think I grew as last season went on, which was good.”