Caleb Folan admits his ‘Rapid’ descent from the Premier League to League One football could have been worse had he not jumped on a jet for the States.
The globetrotting striker was disillusioned with the game after injuries cut short spells with Hull, Middlesbrough and Birmingham.
And he came close to walking away until he rediscovered his love for football at a spell in the MLS with Colorado Rapids.
After a stint with Malaysian Super League side T-Team, he has signed a four month deal with Bradford.
And Folan, 30, said: “There was a time when I was fed up of things and I needed a fresh challenge. That’s what America did for me.
“It wasn’t about the money or status of being at a big club, it was just about finding myself again and enjoying playing football.
“Being back in England with such a great club, I feel I’m finding that hunger to get a promotion.
Folan played 38 times in the English top flight, as well as winning eight caps for the Republic of Ireland.
And he added: “I’ve got unfinished business, both abroad and in England.”