Matthew Rees is determined to fight his way back into the Wales squad after falling down the pecking order in recent times.
Rees, who looked set to captain Wales at the 2011 World Cup before a neck injury ruled him out of the tournament, played in Wales' opening Six Nations fixture but has since seen Richard Hibbard and Ken Owens favoured at hooker.
The former Scarlets man was then dealt a further blow when he was not included in Wales' recent tour to Japan.
However, as he embarks on a new chapter of his career with the Cardiff Blues he is eager to show he still belongs in the national set-up.
"For me personally, it's a case of getting back to where I was a couple of seasons ago in terms of playing," he told Wales Online.
"I've got an opportunity with the Blues and I just can't wait to get the jersey on and start playing. I've got to get my own house in order to start with.
"I was frustrated not to be involved in the majority of the Six Nations games after the loss against Ireland.
"It was great to see so many boys do well towards the end of that campaign and they were rewarded with the Lions tour. It was great from those boys to experience that. It was probably the low point of my career not being involved in that Lions tour, having been part of the 2009 tour in South Africa. But that's rugby for you.
"As much as I was disappointed, at the end of the day no-one else is going to change that.
"It's only myself who is going to get me back in that Welsh squad. That's the challenge I am faced with.
"Not going on tour this summer has given me a couple of months to re-address myself and move forward to the next challenge and that challenge is with Cardiff Blues. I'll look to get a couple of games under my belt and get my form back up there and, hopefully, put myself back in contention for the Welsh squad.
"International rugby is demanding and it's gone to another level in recent years. But it's only one career you have, so retiring from Test rugby has not even entered my mind. I just want to keep on playing rugby for as long as I can.
"I'm definitely coming back with a point to prove. I'm not getting too far ahead of myself, but, who knows, hopefully come the autumn I'll be back in the Wales team."
The 32-year-old concedes that displacing Hibbard will be no easy task.
"Hibs is a quality player and has gone up a couple of levels in his fitness, which is something he's perhaps lacked in the past," he said.
"He's been playing well for the Ospreys and he was given the opportunity in the Six Nations and he took it.
"It's about timing and being in the right place."
For now Rees just wants to get down to playing, having missed so much rugby in recent seasons due to injury.
"The season's not far away now and I can't wait to get back playing the game," he said.
"Last year I didn't play much, having been injured at the start of the season.
"I'm ready for the challenge. I'm grabbing it with both hands and I'm going to have a good shot at it."