As the transfer rumour mill rumbled away in the summer, Hayden Mullins was touted as 'certain' to be leaving West Ham.
But Mullins, who joined the Hammers from Crystal Palace in October 2003, proved his critics wrong.
He told the Citizen,"The club's going in the right direction. We're trying to become a top-half-of-the-table club. We're pushing for Europe and obviously the signings prove that," he said.
"There's a lot of competition for places throughout the whole squad - we've got a very big squad. I just felt that this is a very good club to be at and I made my decision to stay."
A move to Charlton was on the cards as part of West Ham's attempt to sign Darren Bent, but, said Mullins, when that fell through, he never had any doubts about where he wanted to be, despite the departures from Upton Park of close friends Nigel Reo-Coker and Marlon Harewood.
"They made the decision that was right for them and I made mine," he said.
Rather than complaining or worrying that he might not be first choice under manager Alan Curbishley, he got his head down and worked hard.
Mullins said: "It's about getting on with it and being professional.
"If you're not training right after you've been dropped or you sulk about then you're never going to be ready to take your chance. That's something that you learn over the years and I kept myself fit and kept myself going and when called upon and asked to perform, hopefully I've done it well."