Mark Reynolds will leave Aberdeen in the summer to try his luck again with Sheffield Wednesday but believes he is walking away from a side which is threatening to turn the corner.
The former Motherwell defender has been an ever-present since arriving at Pittodrie on loan in January, making 19 appearances in Craig Brown’s team.
His absence from Hillsborough saw Dave Jones come in for Gary Megson as manager and Reynolds says he will report for pre-season in the hope of breaking in to the Wednesday team.
"The management has changed and as everybody always says, when a new manager comes in it is a clean slate for everybody," said Reynolds.
"I think in terms of personally for me, I will go down and start pre-season with them, speak to the manager and take it from there.
"In terms of everything else, it is up in the air as it normally is with a new manager. He needs to assess his players.
"Until tomorrow they don't know what league they are going to be in or what budget they are dealin with. So there are a lot of things outwith my control.
"I'm contracted for another two years so I will just go down, see what they say and take it from there."
Reynolds’ arrival led to a brief upturn in form for the Dons, including progression to the semi-finals of the Scottish Cup.
Their performances of late have suffered a dip and, despite the club having nothing to play for in the bottom six, Reynolds is convinced they have the makings of a team which can achieve better next campaign.
"I think it has been a squad in transition," he added. "In January the manager brought in a lot of experienced players and made some shrewd signings.
"Along with the young players coming through, it's certainly a club which is on the brink of getting some good results and starting to push and do something.
"It is certainly in a better place than it was in last year. All you can hope for is they keep progressing.
"A lot of people can underestimate the influence of the experienced players they have brought in.
"The likes of Gavin Rae and Russell Anderson, you just can't put into a sense how much that experience counts, especially for the young boys coming through."