Tiendalli was released by FC Twente last year, but has since revived his career at the Liberty and won a place in the Holland squad.
"When I came to Swansea I was unknown," Tiendalli told Voetbal International. "The people wondered: Who is this Dwight? But I could start with a clean slate.
"I was on trial and told: you're as good as your last game.
"In the Netherlands you soon get branded and can't shake it."