Former Hearts skipper Christophe Berra claims a weight has been lifted off his shoulders since leaving the turmoil of Tynecastle to join Wolves.
The 24-year-old was given the armband when Craig Gordon quit for Sunderland 18 months ago but left Gorgie last week in a Â£2.3million move to Molineux.
Speaking at Scotland's get-together at St Andrews, Berra tried to take some positives from the pressures and anxieties he endured in Edinburgh. "I had a lot of ups and downs to deal with, but I feel I have come through it as a stronger person," he said.
He added: "I think it will do me a lot of good in terms of my character.
"There are not many people who will have dealt with the things I've dealt with at Hearts and you learn from mistakes.
"I was 22 when I was made captain and the situation at the club got a lot worse after people like Steven Pressley, Paul Hartley and Craig left.
"There were times I thought 'Should I have taken this on?'
"But I had the armband at a big club and it helped me take a lot of responsibility. It made me a stronger person.
"Last season, the off-field stuff damaged us as a team. There was uncertainty over the management and coaching and it all had an effect on the squad.
"(Manager) Csaba Laszlo has come in and organised the boys and look how much better Hearts have done. I hope they get a European place, but sometimes it does feel like a weight off my shoulders. I am not the captain at Wolves so I can simply concentrate on my own job."
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