Injury crock Kieron Dyer has said his move to Championship Middlesbrough suits both parties and offers no risk for boss Tony Mowbray.
"People have said it was a gamble, but it's not because if I don't play it won't cost them," the 34 year old told BBC Tees.
"If I do play well and stay fit I can help them achieve what they want to."
One of the factors behind Dyer's decision to return to the north east, following an eight-year stint at Newcastle United earlier in his career, was the chance to be reunited with some familiar faces.
"When I left QPR, I had a few offers but as soon as I spoke to Tony Mowbray and Jonathan Woodgate I thought this was the club for me," Dyer added.
"I've known Mark Venus and the gaffer from my time at Ipswich - I played in the same team as them, which shows how old I am unfortunately.
"I knew about them, they play attractive football the way I want to and they're in a great position to kick on and get into the Premier League so it ticked all the boxes."