Baxter will face his former club today in the FA Cup.
"I'd go and watch my mates playing Sunday League, buzzing if they won, gutted if they lost and going out afterwards and talking about the game," he told the Telegraph.
"I missed that. You need that hunger and love of football to succeed. If I play well from now on, the contracts and offers will come to me. I won't have to look for anything. I was never going to know what my level is sitting on the bench or playing for the reserves. I'm looking to work my way back up now, build up a CV and show people what I can do."