Striker Dave Kitson has admitted signing for Stoke City 'was the worst footballing decision I have made' after rejoining former club Reading on loan.
Kitson, 29, became the Royals' £5million record signing when he swapped the Madejski Stadium for the Britannia Stadium last summer.
But after failing to find the net in 16 Premier League appearances, the striker is delighted to be back with the Berkshire club on loan until the end of the season.
His frank comments also place his long-term future with Stoke in doubt.
"It was my fault. I made the decision to go to Stoke, no-one made me and it was probably the worst footballing decision I have made," he told the Reading Evening Post.
"That Reading team probably had two or three more years in it and it was a shame to see it break up prematurely.
"I felt it should have still been in the Premier League and I was angry that it wasn't.
"Everyone gets frustrated in their job, but rather than looking at what I had and what I could have achieved I chose not to be a part of that.
"I have played for Cambridge and Reading, not huge fashionable clubs and I thought going to Stoke might be a chance to help another unfashionable side do well.
"It was just not right for me. In hindsight it was a mistake."