Tim Krul admits to having experienced highs and lows during his time at Newcastle, but is pleased to have seen his patience pay off.
The Dutch goalkeeper has been part of the set-up at St James' Park since 2005, with his potential having been spotted early.
He has been forced to bide his time on Tyneside, with the likes of Shay Given and Steve Harper having blocked his path.
Krul is, however, currently enjoying life in the Premier League spotlight, with Alan Pardew placing considerable trust in him.
The 23-year-old has embraced the responsibility thrust upon him and believes he is now at a stage of his career where he is ready to become a top flight number one.
"I was a young man in a hurry when I came over from Holland," Krul told the Daily Telegraph.
"I had Shay Given in front of me and Steve Harper, but I tasted first-team football at 18, very young for a goalie and maybe that was too early.
"Once you've tasted it, you want more. It was never the plan to play so early, but I had to accept there was a long-term plan to stick to.
"I owe a lot to Harps and Shay, they were like two big brothers. I struggled to accept I had to be patient. I was probably like an annoying little brother to them.
"But they looked after me, on and off the pitch. In every single way, they made sure I was doing things the right way, working on the right thing and enjoying myself.
"You only know for certain you can do something when you get the chance to do it and the games last season I got when Harps was injured were vital. I've played for my country since, I'm playing in the Premier League. This is what I used to dream of."
Krul has helped Newcastle to make a flying start to the season, as they sit fourth in the Premier League, but the Holland international is reluctant to start setting lofty targets.
He said: "We don't know if we're good enough [for Europe] yet. Safety remains the ambition. We have to be safe before we worry about how much we can achieve.
"December and January are really tough months, the pivotal period, because the games come thick and fast. When we get to the end of January, we can assess what we should be aiming for.
"It's the same for the teams chasing the title. City are top, but it doesn't mean anything in November. It's very tight in the top six or seven, but we deserve to be up there in that group."