Goalkeeper Tim Krul admits it has been a whirlwind 12 months after becoming Newcastle's No.1 and making his international debut for Holland.
The 23-year-old finished last term between the posts for Newcastle and has carried his form into this season, keeping two clean sheets in his opening two Premier League appearances.
His run of form even earned an international call-up and he kept Brazil at bay on his Holland debut in a 0-0 draw earlier this summer.
"This last year has been the main one for me," he told The Sunday Mirror. "It's been a great experience for me to play 20 games for Newcastle and then make my debut for Holland.
"To play Brazil away and keep a clean sheet was a dream come true.
"[Edwin] Van der Sar was my idol from when I was five and to play against him in his last season was something special.
"I've got his shirt and his gloves from that game and they have a special place in my house."
Krul admits he has one eye on Euro 2012 next summer, but admits he cannot afford to be complacent with Steve Harper and others gunning for Newcastle's goalkeeping spot.
He said: "As far as my international career goes, I will need to be patient as I was with Newcastle. We also have two good keepers in Maarten Stekelenburg and Michel Vorm.
"But if I keep playing well, I can, hopefully, stay involved - especially with the Euros coming up next summer."