New Glasgow Warriors signing Rory Lamont admits his return to Firhill was driven by a need for games to remain in international contention.
The 29-year-old full-back had been frozen out at Toulon under new boss Bernard Laporte since his return from the World Cup.
And having spoken to Scotland boss Andy Robinson he is optimistic that good performances in the RaboDirect PRO12 will see him break into Scotland’s RBS 6 Nations squad.
He said: “I spoke to [Andy Robinson] a short while after getting back from the World Cup and let him know my situation at Toulon. He told me I need to be playing rugby.
“It planted the seed that if I couldn't play at Toulon I had to see about getting loaned out or finding another club.
“I want to play in the Six Nations and I knew if I stayed at Toulon that was a definite no. I would not even be giving myself a chance.”
Lamont has already had one spell with the Warriors prior to moving to Sale in 2008 but he insists he is a much better player than his last time in Scotland’s largest city.
He added: “I'd like to think I've improved. I've put myself into some testing environments and I feel like I've grown up a lot. I do feel like I'm a much better player and I understand the game a lot better.”