Blackburn midfielder Elliott Bennett has admitted he was “rubbish” when he first signed for Rovers in January.
The 27-year-old winger was bought from Norwich by Paul Lambert, who had previously managed him at Carrow Road from 2009 until 2012.
However, Bennett was left out of the starting line-up after just two Championship appearances.
“I hit a bad run of form when I joined here and I warranted being dropped by the manager,” he said.
“The game was passing me by and I wasn’t having an affect and when I was getting the ball I was rubbish, for want of a better word.
“The manager here is as honest as anything and told me [about my form] in no uncertain terms when I was dropped.
“If I didn’t know it already, I knew it then and it’s not something I want to hear again.”
After making his debut against Queens Park Rangers on 12 January, Bennett did not play another 90 minutes for Blackburn until their victory against Fulham over a month later.
The former Bury and Brighton player believes a positional change following his return has helped improve his form.
“I’ve really enjoyed playing further in the middle of the park,” he told BBC Radio Lancashire. “You’re more involved and less reliant on the ball coming out to you like when you are on the wing.
“I have been a lot more involved centrally and I think that’s help me pick up some form.”