As an opposing player, striker Georgie Kelly felt there was a lack of steel in a St Patrick's Athletic side that showed way too much of a soft side.
And now that he's on board as a player at Pat's, the Donegal native wants to help add to the mix at Richmond Park to make Stephen O'Donnell's team a side which other teams will not want to play against.
Kelly, who joined Pat's on loan for the rest of the season last month, made his debut for the Saints on Monday, a frustrating 2-0 defeat at home to his former club, Derry City, and having played against Pat's while at UCD, Derry and Dundalk, he spotted a weakness.
"To be honest, they kind of struggled to find an identity," he says when asked about competing with the Inchicore club.
"From the outside, we kind of saw them that, if you scored early against them, they'd often fold. That's being honest, that's how we saw them.
"I know a few years prior to that they were a lot stronger, they've been rebuilding and Stephen has a young side. We're trying to change that now, that's the plan now. We can't be that side that is turned over too easily and fails to create things," he says, adding that Monday's loss to Derry was an example.
"We struggled, we let in two poor goals and we didn't create much either. There is a lot of work to do. I'm looking forward to getting working with Stephen and see how we're going to break teams down. To be on the same page as everyone is important, centre halves, full backs, to know what kind of cross, when to cross, it is important. Hopefully it will click in the next few weeks," added Kelly, effectively playing for his future as he is on loan to Pat's from Dundalk but is out of contract at Oriel Park at the end of the season.
Buncrana native Kelly knows many of the Harps side from his schoolboy days in Donegal. And Harps will be keen to stop the rot after back-to-back defeats since the league resumed.