Florent Cuvelier is hoping a year of graft in 2014, will see him reap the rewards in 2015.
The midfielder, recently returned to first-team action at Bramall Lane, starting in the cup win against Southampton, after nearly a year out with a serious knee injury, sustained whilst on-loan with the Blades Boxing Day opponents Port Vale.
But the 22-year-old insists a return to Vale Park on Friday holds no fears, in fact Cuvelier believes he is now a better player, both physically and mentally, after a prolonged period on the sidelines.
Looking ahead to the festive period, the Belgian remarked: "These things happen in football and now with the benefit of time, the injury has helped me as a person and as a footballer.
"It helped me realise what I had, I am fortunate to be able to do something I love as a job and when you can't do that because of such a serious injury it stops you taking everything for granted.
"I am excited about returning there, not scared, hopefully I can continue to take my chances and impress the manager because I certainly have some unfinished business at Bramall Lane.
"The fans have never seen the best of me, but in time I believe I will be a better player than before."
On the fixture itself, Cuvelier added: "It will be another tough game, Port Vale are a good side, especially at home, but we feel we are very close to finding that elusive winning formula.
"Hopefully, with two games in three days over Christmas, we can gain some ground on the teams above us."