Former Dundee United captain Willo Flood admits he is determined to prove the doubters wrong and show he is still capable of cutting it at the top level by helping Dunfermline win promotion to the Premiership.
The veteran midfielder signed a one-year deal with the Pars yesterday after leaving Dundee United at the end of last season.
The 33-year-old, who has also played for Manchester City, Cardiff, Middlesbrough and Aberdeen, admitted he had offers from other clubs both here and abroad.
However, he ultimately decided that Allan Johnston’s Dunfermline were the perfect fit and, if this is to be his last season, he is fully focused on going out on a high.
Flood said: “For where I live and my family home, it’s the right club. Winning promotion with Dunfermline would cap off my career.”
He added: “The manager (Alan Johnston) has come in and he has done a good job since he has been at the club.
“He wants to progress and he has made some decent signings so the pressure will be on Dundee United because obviously they are splashing the cash.”
Flood’s career at Tannadice ended with a red card in the first leg of the play-off match last season against Livingston at Tannadice.
He added: “I have only been sent off twice on my career but I think it was the pressure of the whole situation. We got so close yet so far, and it just seemed that the frustration got to me.
“It was a game that we were well in control of but gave away bad goals with bad mistakes, that got to me in the end.”