Adam Johnson believes he made the right decision to join Manchester City two-and-a-half years ago despite the frustration of not playing as regularly as he would have liked.
The 25-year-old winger brought his time at the Etihad Stadium to an end last week when he completed a big-money move to Sunderland.
Johnson could have signed for the Black Cats back during the 2010 winter transfer window with then manager Steve Bruce hot on his trail, but opted instead for the trophy prospects at City.
He said: "I had the choice of going to Sunderland or City, and I probably made the right decision with the medals and the experience I have had.
"Looking back, I would probably do it again - I suppose any young lad would in my situation then.
"But it's worked out now that I am here."
Not all bad
Martin O'Neill beat off competition from a series of Premier League rivals to bring former Middlesbrough winger Johnson back to the North East.
He had struggled to cement a place for himself in the City side and, with Roberto Mancini indicating the situation was unlikely to improve, he decided to cut his losses.
Johnson admits he will look back on his time at City with mixed feelings, but his spell with the club will also include some big highlights.
He said: "You can always look back and think. It was a slightly disappointing end, but I won the Premier League, FA Cup and the Community Shield and played in the Champions League, so it wasn't all bad.
"But it was a little bit disappointing I didn't play as much as I was capable of.
"I owed it to myself to go and play football again and enjoy playing."
Johnson made his debut for his new club in Tuesday night's 2-0 Capital Cup win over League Two Morecambe, in which he set up James McClean for both goals, and will hope for a first Premier League appearance at Swansea on Saturday.
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