Sean Scannell is ready to repay Chris Powell’s faith by playing his part in pushing Huddersfield Town up the Championship.
Were it not for the new manager’s intervention, the 24-year-old might have been playing for today’s visitors Millwall.
The Lions were keen to take the Crystal Palace product back to South London during the transfer window.
It’s believed they offered £300,000, with winger Scannell poised to rush to the capital for deadline-day talks.
That was until Powell, who was in final negotiations about becoming Town’s manager, asked Town to reject last month’s bid.
Powell explained how he had kept tabs when he was Charlton Athletic chief and Scannell was at nearby Palace.
And the player, who is in the third and final year of his current Town contract, said: “I like how his teams operate.
“Since the manager’s been here I’ve liked playing under him and I’m sure he’ll get the best out of me.
“He’s from London and I’m from London and I think that helps. He’s also brought in fresh ideas and I’m sure he’ll do well given time.”
A full pre-season without injuries has been followed by five starts and three appearances from the bench in 10 league and Capital One Cup matches.
Scannell is delighted to have had a run in he side and added: “I’ve got more to give and I want to show the fans what I can really do.”
Town are in the dreaded bottom three after just one win from their opening eight games.
But Scannell doesn’t think the meeting with 13th-placed Millwall is a ‘six-pointer’.
“I think it’s too early to be talking about that,” said the former Republic of Ireland junior and Under 21 player.
“The manager’s come into a difficult situation and he’s only been here a couple of weeks.
“Millwall will be tough but they’re coming up from London while we’re at home and we need to make that count.”
Scannell hopes the lessons of last Saturday’s 3-0 derby defeat at Leeds United will be learned and pointed out: “We need to take our chances.
“In terms of possession we did well. But in the end football isn’t about how well you pass the ball, it’s about scoring goals and winning matches.
“In my view, the signs are there that the goals will come. I thought Harry Bunn was a threat all game against Leeds.
“We were on top and building, but then two defensive mistakes meant we went 2-0 down. From there we were always chasing the game.
“Danny Ward and Jon Stead had an impact when they came on. We were pushing forward looking for a way back into the match when they killed us on the break.”
Scannell remains confident Town can turn the corner and said: “We’ve got to stay together as a team and not let this result affect us.
“I know the fans will be hurting and won’t be able to see any positives from a defeat like that. It’s up to us to change that with results.
“We’ve some really good players here, so it’s not about ability. If we can take our chances and cut out the mistakes, I don’t think there will be a lot wrong.”