New Annan Athletic man Christian Nade insists he has no regrets over the path his career has taken.

The 34-year-old striker has had an eventful career, both on and off the pitch.

After starting out at French side Troyes, he joined Premier League outfit Sheffield United. He then signed for Hearts in 2007 before spells in both Cyprus and Thailand, ahead of a return to Scottish football in 2014 with Dundee.

Stints at various Scottish clubs, a trial spell at Galabank included, have since followed.

Last year, Nade then opened up on his battle with depression that had caused him to attempt to take his own life in 2014. He said he sent goodbye messages to his loved ones, before walking into the sea at Dalgety Bay, only to change his mind when he saw a friend at shore.

Nade, younger brother of former Carlisle United player Raphael, believes he could have had an even more successful career, but he says "I am happy with who I am" now.

After re-signing for Annan last Saturday, ahead of yesterday's home match against Clyde, Nade said: "It has been a very tough year for me.

"But these kinds of things have helped to make me happy and want to play again. When I needed someone, Troon gave me the hand that I needed.

"Now, Annan are recognising that I’ve been professional in a junior team and I have been working hard and I have done well.

"So, it’s like a reward for me to be wanted by Annan. Now, I need to continue what I’ve done with Troon and, if we can get promoted [from Scottish League Two], I will do everything for that."

He added: "I have played everywhere!

"I have played in France, England, Scotland, Thailand and Cyprus. I think there have been a lot of ups and downs in my career which is mainly because of my lack of dedication, I would say. I never wanted to push myself to the limit. I never wanted to work, I’d rather trust in my abilities.

"I knew I had abilities and, when I wanted to push myself that I could do it, but football is not only about that – it’s about dedication and hard work. I think, at a young age, I wasn’t that type of player.

"But I don’t regret anything, there is nothing I regret.

"But if I would have worked harder, I think my career could have been something else. But, because of what happened to me, I am the man I am and I am happy with who I am."