Sheffield United winger Keith Gillespie thanked Blades boss Neil Warnock for handing him a return to top-flight action, after his late winner against Charlton Athletic.
The 31-year-old Northern Ireland international joined United in the summer of 2005, having feared that his career at the highest level was over after he was released by Leicester City.
Gillespie said: "I'm indebted to the manager for giving me a chance and I'm glad I was able to repay him with a goal like that.
"After leaving Leicester, I never thought I was going to get a move to a Premiership club, but I still felt I could cut it in the Championship.
"When we were promoted last season, I knew this was a big challenge to show what I could still do at the highest level.
"Throughout my career, some people have had the impression I'm hard to handle, but I think those who know me know that's not the case."
Meanwhile, the Blades have handed trials to Egypt internationals Ibrahim Said and Amr Zaki.
Defender Said, 27, and striker Zaki, 23, both currently ply their trade in their homeland with Zamalek.