Winger Gareth Evans has revealed he turned down offers from two League One clubs to stay with Fleetwood Town.
The 25-year-old arrived at Highbury in January on a short-term deal, having been released by Rotherham.
He put pen to paper on a new two-year deal last month and today told The Gazette that Fleetwood had always been his number one option.
“I had three or four offers,” he revealed.
“There were two, I think, from League One clubs and a couple in League Two. They were good offers but they weren’t right.
“This is where I wanted to be – at this club with this manager.
“Fleetwood is the right location and has the people I want to work with.
“It is where I always wanted to stay and a lot of time went into making that happen.”
Evans said it was a relief when he finally agreed his new terms at Highbury, which will keep him at the club until 2015.
“It was a bit of a drawn out process,” he said. “I’m just glad we managed to get it all sorted.
“I’m not saying the other offers I received weren’t good deals but there was nothing which blew me away.
“It was either the wrong club or the wrong manager – somebody I didn’t see myself playing for.
“I know I’m in the right place.”
Evans impressed during his initial stay at Highbury, adding much-needed pace and width.
And he is excited by the new faces boss Graham Alexander has brought in to strengthen the Town midfield, including wide players Matty Blair and Jeff Hughes.
“It’s good to have those lads in there. They’ll each bring something to the team and they will bring competition too.
“If there’s only you who can play in a position and you know you’re going to be picked every week, you’ve got nothing driving you.
“This way you know you’re going to have to be at your best every day. Having that competitive edge makes you better as a player.”
And Evans knows Town will have to show plenty of fight if they are to improved on a debut Football League campaign which saw them slip to 13th after a poor run-in.
He added: “It really was a disappointment to finish the way we did but now we get to start again.
“We’ve got some fresh faces in the squad and they are going to help the team move forward.”
Town will kick off their pre-season schedule tomorrow evening when the travel to Northwich Victoria before heading to Austria for a week of training.
Evans is looking forward to the opportunity to get to know his new team-mates away from the Fylde coast.
He said: “It’s a good chance for us to get off the training ground and do something different.
“All the lads will be together out there and, as much as anything, it’s a chance for some team bonding.
“It’ll be hard work but all the lads are ready for it.”