Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Steven Pienaar is hoping to kick-start his career at White Hart Lane when he returns for pre-season training.
The South African international joined Spurs from Everton in January, and would only make 11 appearances in the closing months of the campaign after being struck down by niggling injury problems.
Attempting to finish in the top four, as well as battling in the Champions League, meant it was a difficult integration period for Pienaar, but the 29-year-old is confident opportunities will arise next season under Harry Redknapp.
“Of course when you join in the middle of the season you have to get used to your surroundings and the players, so the first five months have been about getting used to everything," the playmaker told the official Tottenham Hotspur website.
“Hopefully it will be a new start for me during pre-season and I will give it my best shot next season. I’m at an advantage because in the games I’ve played I’ve got used to the players and the way they play.
“In pre-season I’ve got a better chance because I know everyone so I just have to go out and push from the start.”
Pienaar is also confident that the style of football played by Spurs will suit his game, and that the enjoyment factor when playing football is back while he's in north London.
“The squad is good, it’s a good footballing team and the players are friendly, so I’m happy," he continued.
“It’s important when you play in a footballing team to enjoy the ball. It’s like your own child, you have to take good care of it. That’s what the team is doing. They want to enjoy the game and it’s what I like also.”
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