John Brayford played a crucial role in helping Burton Albion avoid the Championship drop last season - but don't expect him to be resting on those laurels any time soon.
Brayford signed a two-year deal with the Brewers on deadline day last week after leaving Sheffield United to begin his third spell at the Pirelli Stadium.
Having begun his career at Albion, the versatile defender spent the majority of the 2016/17 campaign on loan with Nigel Clough's men, making 34 appearances and embodying all that kept Burton in the second tier by a single point.
Commitment, work rate and touches of quality at the key moments made Brayford one of the Brewers' outstanding performers, and it is with those abilities in mind that fans welcomed his return last Thursday.
The ex-Derby County defender has plenty of experience of the rigours of the Championship.
And while Albion have proved their ability to survive once, he knows it will take even more this time around to ensure they thrive in such a fiercely competitive division and avoid the dreaded 'second-season syndrome'.
"Everybody always says it's more difficult second time around because other teams will be well aware of what we are capable of," said Brayford.
"We've still got to go in with the same confidence and not just think that last year was a fluke.
"Obviously the odds are stacked against us once again, but we are probably used to that now.
"The only thing I can probably say is it (second-season syndrome) is because people may take their foot off the pedal because they think they've achieved something.
"Only half the job is done really.
"Yes, it was an achievement staying in the league last year, but we have to get another 10 per cent to even do the same this year.
"Because last year, people might've been on a high of Burton Albion being in the Championship, and some teams might've come here and thought they'd walk all over us.
"They know what to expect now. I'm sure their managers and coaches will be putting that mindset across that we are a threat to anybody on our day."
Brayford could make the first appearance of his third Burton Albion spell at Elland Road on Saturday as the Brewers look to end Leeds United's unbeaten start to the season.
It will be another challenging afternoon of Championship football for Clough's men.
They will still have memories of last October's 2-0 defeat at Leeds, when they were heading for a goalless draw until shipping two goals in the final 10 minutes.
"It was one of those games where, if I remember rightly, we dominated quite a lot of the game and they scored two late goals," added Brayford, who started that game.
"We were still getting used to the Championship at that stage, and early in the season last year, we gave away quite a lot of late goals.
"I think you could see throughout the year how we adapted a bit and learned about the league, and probably about ourselves.
"Hopefully that experience counts for a bit more this year."