Wales and Ospreys flanker Dan Lydiate feels as though he is improving as a player again after returning from Racing Métro.
Lydiate ended an unsuccessful stint in France earlier this year, after growing unsatisfied with a lack of playing time as his stint in Colombes fizzled out.
A star for Wales and the British and Irish Lions in recent times, Lydiate remains content that he made the move to experience playing in the Top 14 even if it wasn't a success.
"Coming back here, I feel like I'm starting to move forward again now," Lydiate told the BBC.
"I obviously went out there to play with new players and a different standard of rugby, but, at the end of the day, I wasn't being picked.
"On the rugby side of it, my rugby didn't move forward and that was a big thing about me leaving the Dragons.
"I wanted to progress as a rugby player, not stand still. Coming back here, I feel like I'm starting to move forward again now.
"At least I will know that I've tried it. I'll never be left wondering 'What would it have been like if I'd gone out there?
"If you find the right club and the right match for you, then I think it's brilliant for players. It obviously wasn't the right match for me, but I can only speak for myself."