Darren Bent has admitted his career had come to a standstill at Tottenham and expressed his relief at leaving a club that he claims was rife with "politics".
The 25-year-old striker was unveiled by Sunderland on Thursday as their record signing - the Black Cats say for an initial £10million fee with Spurs insisting that could rise to £16.5million with all the add-ons.
He said: "I would say maybe my career stayed still [at Tottenham] but the second season I still scored a lot of goals. It may have been a hard two years for me but I had to grow up as a person and a player."
He added: "There's a lot of politics at Tottenham, but that's Tottenham as a club.
"I'm a Sunderland player now and it seems a lot more relaxed here.
"I think just not playing on a regular basis was the problem. You play one week and maybe score a couple of goals and you still don't know if you are going to be playing the following week.
"As a forward it's hard thinking like that.
"Tottenham can be an unsettling place to be. They sell strikers then they buy them back, and they are linked with every striker under the sun.
"That's for them now, I've managed to get out there, those times are behind me and I'm a Sunderland player now."
Copyright (c) PA Sport 2009, All Rights Reserved.
Do YOU want to write for GiveMeSport? Get started today by signing-up and submitting an article HERE: https://www.givemesport.com/writeforgms