Sunderland forward Connor Wickham is ready to kick-start his career after his FA Cup equaliser at Bolton.
The former Ipswich striker has started just seven games for the Black Cats since joining in June 2011 but came off the bench to score in their 2-2 draw at the Reebok Stadium on Saturday.
And the Colchester-born 19-year-old hopes he can now enjoy a change of fortunes in the North East as he aims to turn his dream move into a success.
"It's always my aim to be in there in the manager's plans and hopefully the goal has put me in an even better position," said Wickham.
"I didn't think I was going to get on but when I did I was able to make a difference. We were 2-0 down so I thought 'There's nothing to lose, just get on there and do your best'.
"It's been really tough for me. I've moved 300 miles away from where I grew up and left my home behind - but it's my dream and you've got to follow your dream.
"I just want to play football and Sunderland are a Premier League club and they've given me the chance to play football.
"Maybe it didn't get off to the perfect start, the start I'd hoped for or anticipated, but now I feel much fitter and stronger and feel as though I'm kicking on.
"Hopefully, this can be a real kick-start to my season."