Middlesbrough starlet Curtis Main admits he cannot believe how far he has come in the past 12 months.
A year ago Main was being released by non-league Darlington, now he is emerging as one of Boro's brightest prospects.
The 19-year-old joined Boro in the summer and, after a blistering run of form with the youth side, he has been given his chance to impress in the first team.
Now, with four appearances under his belt, he grabbed his first goal for the club in the midweek win at Millwall.
"I wouldn't have been human if there hadn't been times when I wondered where my career was heading," said Main.
"I can just about remember my last game for Darlington, who are obviously in the Conference, so when that ends you wonder what's coming next.
"If someone had said then that a year down the line I would be scoring in the Championship for Middlesbrough, I would obviously have taken it all day long.
"When I left Darlington, I wasn't really sure what the future would hold. But I always believed in myself. I've played football for a long time now and I know what I'm capable of.
"It was just a case of getting an opportunity and a chance to show what I can do. Thankfully, Tony Mowbray gave me that.
"This is a great place to be as a young player. There's a brilliant set up here at Middlesbrough and the club has a fantastic track record of bringing young lads through. The coaches have been brilliant with me ever since I arrived and I seem to be thriving off what they're doing with me."