Defender Danny Fox admits he feared his Nottingham Forest career was over while Dougie Freedman was in charge.
Fox, who has signed a one-year contract extension, appeared only four times under Freedman last season.
The 30-year-old told BBC Radio Nottingham: “December-time last year, I would’ve been looking at moving on as I wasn’t in favour under Dougie.
“If you asked me six months ago whether I would be signing a new deal, I would’ve laughed in your face.”
Fox was first brought to the City Ground by Billy Davies on loan from Southampton in January 2014,
He then signed a three-year contract four months later after Davies was replaced by Stuart Pearce.
The former Celtic man played regularly under Pearce and at the back end of the 2014-15 season when Freedman took over from the former Forest left-back.
But he fell out of favour last season and Fox admits he found it tough until he played the last seven games of the campaign under Paul Williams.
“I was having to train with the under-21s while the lads were preparing for games,” he continued.
“I was quite down at times and it was disappointing, but I made sure I stayed fit and I got my chance under Paul Williams after Dougie had left.”
Fox’s previous deal had one year left to run but the new contract will see him through to the end of the 2018 season.
“The new staff have seen a lot of me in pre-season and the deal happened fairly quickly,” he added. “It shows how quickly football can change
“There was some talk of it towards the back end of last season, but until it was in front of my eyes I didn’t really believe it.”