Everton manager David Moyes has paid tribute to the impact Tim Cahill has made at Goodison Park since arriving from Millwall in 2004.
The Australian has established himself as one of the Premier League's most consistent performers over the past seven years but Moyes insists his influence goes beyond what happens on the pitch.
Cahill's professional attitude and enthusiasm has set a perfect example to his team-mates and Moyes hopes he will one day get the rewards he deserves.
The Toffees boss has also backed Cahill to carry on playing at the highest level for some time yet, ahead of Saturday's Merseyside derby at Goodison Park.
"From day one he has been nothing but magnificent. The way he goes about the job, the way he puts himself over," said Moyes.
"He is going to be one of a kind in our time, and by the time his time has come to an end I hope he can have something to show for it, a trophy or something.
"He has been fantastic. He is massive because of his attitude and energy. He beats the drum and he keeps everybody at it.
"And he has a great record of scoring when it matters, important goals and that won't change. He may not get bundles, but he'll still be scoring goals when it matters for us."
A right racket
"I wouldn't say he is the best signing I've ever had at Everton. But what I would say is he is the best thing that has happened to me at Everton. The way he has gone about it, the way he has conducted himself, how much he has helped me and how much he has helped Everton."
Moyes also recalls how a nerve-jangling experience with Millwall supporters almost prevented Everton chairman Bill Kenwright from signing Cahill for around £1.5million.
"At the time that was our sort of price tag," he explained.
"In that Millwall team there were Lucas Neill, Steven Reid, Paul Ifill and they had a good side. People went to pick them off and we picked the best one.
"I remember taking the chairman with me. It was a Millwall-Birmingham play-off game. Bill was driving me and as we got towards the ground, we got caught up in the crowd.
"They were battering the car, banging on the roof, making a right racket. It was lucky we didn't turn the car around.
"But we came away from the game and I said, 'Bill, we've got to try and get him.' The minute he came in he lit the place up."