Jamie Devitt says his time at Morecambe has helped him fall back in love with football.
The Shrimps’ loan star has signed a two-year deal at the Globe Arena after being released by Chesterfield and admits he’s looking forward to settling at a club and refinding the form that saw him make his Hull debut as a 20-year-old in the Championship.
The attacking midfielder also revealed the Morecambe fans had played a part in him signing a permanent deal with the Shrimps, the 23-year-old having been a popular figure since his arrival from the Spireites on loan in January.
The Dubliner said: “It’s great to be wanted at a place and the way the fans have taken to me is great and I’ve got on really well with the lads too.
“It’s a major factor. If you come somewhere and you don’t really enjoy it then you’re just playing for the sake of it really.
“I think I fell back in love with the game really in the last year and I’m just looking forward to the new season when I can kick on.”
There were other options available to Devitt but he says Shrimps boss Jim Bentley had a big say in him putting pen to paper.
He said: “I think it was the honesty between me and the manager.
“I’ve had a lot of people say they want to offer me things but it could be another three or four weeks before it’s a concrete offer. I just wanted to get things tied up to be honest.
“This is a great club and I think it’s going to go places with the signings that have come in.
“I travelled in with Shaun Beeley today, we were talking, and I think our first aim should be the play-offs.
“If you look at York they’ve sneaked in there and they’ve done very well but we’re as good as they are and we’ve beaten Fleetwood and Southend so I don’t see why we can’t kick on and go on a good run.”
A fine season would likely see Devitt to the fore for the Shrimps as he targets a return to the Championship.
He admits that it hasn’t been plain sailing despite the promising start to his professional career.
Devitt said: “I made a lot of mistakes when I was growing up.
“I think I just maybe earned a little too much money too soon and I didn’t know what to do.
“I was maybe given bad advice or whatever but I’ve learned what it is to go through tough times and I just want to settle down and kick on.”