Jose Baxter says “politics” hindered his second spell at Oldham with the forward looking forward to a fresh start after signing a short-term deal with Plymouth.

The Boundary Park favourite scored four goals in 34 appearances in his second spell with Latics last season but featured more off the bench than as a starter.

The 27-year-old forward was released at the end of the campaign and has now been snapped by fellow League Two side Argyle who are rebuilding under former Bury boss Ryan Lowe after relegation.

“It (last season) didn’t go the way I would have liked it to go,” Baxter told Plymouth Live.  

“Politics stuff got in the way of what I enjoy doing, which is football.

“I didn’t get quite as many minutes as I would have liked, or hit the form that I would have liked to, but what a place (Argyle) to put it right.

“I met the gaffer (Lowe) for a coffee and listened to the way he wants to play.

“Obviously, Argyle are a huge club so with that interest it excited me.

“I saw Bury last season and he plays amazing football. He’s a good young coach who I think will go places.

“Just everything folded into one and really excited me so I can’t wait to get going.”

The former Everton prodigy, who made his first-team debut in the Premier League aged 16, scored 15 goals in 45 appearances for Oldham in the 2012/13 season.

That form led to plenty of interest in his services with Sheffield United his next destination.

But he returned to Latics last summer having had well documented problems while at Bramall Lane, failing two drugs tests.

Baxter has joined Plymouth on a contract until the end of 2019.