After arriving with sky-high expectations about his ability, Stephen Donald believes he was an easy target for criticism following Bath Rugby's disappointing 2011-12 campaign.
Having already agreed a switch to The Rec, the New Zealand fly- half kicked the winning points during his country's World Cup final triumph over France last November, sending his nation into euphoria and whetting the appetite of every rugby fan in Britain.
The 28-year-old failed to lift an already struggling Bath side upon his arrival, however, and Donald's detractors were quick to point a finger in his direction.
But he refuses to let it affect him and is starting to feel right at home with a full pre-season with the club under his belt.
"There was a lot going on last year," said Donald, who has won 28 caps for the All Blacks.
"Probably as a team we weren't where we needed to be and I was obviously singled out by a few people as one of the guys who didn't perform well.
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