Bent is ready for a new start at Craven Cottage.
Making a season-long loan switch to Fulham is what Darren Bent hopes it takes after a difficult previous 12 months with Aston Villa.
The striker was ostracised by Villa manager Paul Lambert in 2012/13, but the 29-year-old hopes that a good season in west London will see the forward named in the England squad for the 2014 World Cup.
Bent is not happy with the way Lambert treated the Englishman and hopes to prove to any doubters what the attacker is capable of now with the Cottagers.
“It was really difficult at Villa because we weren’t allowed to play in any matches, a few of us were kind of alienated to train with the kids. It has been difficult,” the new Fulham man was quoted in the Telegraph.
“I understand that not every player can be every manager’s cup of tea, but to be alienated like that, to be kicked out of the first-team dressing-room, when I’ve played a long time, when I’m an international, just felt a bit disappointing.
“I’ve missed out on a couple of major competitions with England, but I just hope this is my year.
“I need to get back to playing regularly, scoring goals for Fulham. That’s what I do best.”
With 103 Premier League goals to Bent’s name already, the striker is one of England’s most prolific options and has been snubbed before when many thought the forward should be given a chance.
Now that the attacker has ended a miserable spell in Birmingham, there is every chance that with a good campaign with the Cottagers that the England international can catch the attention of national team manager Roy Hodgson.