Sunderland midfielder Kieran Richardson says his best is yet to come.
The 24-year-old has hit a form high this season after finally shaking off a string of injuries and boss Roy Keane has been so impressed he's started hinting that England manager Fabio Capello should give him a second look.
And while Richardson appreciates the sentiments, he claims that no-one has seen him at his best.
"Nearly, but not yet," he said. "I have still got a lot to learn, I have still got so much more of my game to show to people.
"But I am gradually getting there."
Richardson's arrival on Wearside from Manchester United wasn't the sparkling affair the £5.5million price tag suggested it might be - back and hamstring problems restricted him to just 18 outings for the Black Cats - but he made it up to the fans after handing them a first home win over Newcastle in 28 years with a blistering free kick last month.
Richardson said: "Last season was a rocky start to my career at Sunderland, but the more games you play, the more confident you get and the more consistency you get, which is good for me.
"Being injured last season was bad for me. It was the first time I had really been injured and it's a bit depressing when you are not used to it.
"But it's behind me now and I don't think about it anymore. I'm just trying to continue this season and to progress as a player."
All that's needed now is to translate that personal success into something wider reaching. Sunderland are in the crowd of relegation prospects after a run of four defeats that has left them 19th in the Premier League table and out of the Carling Cup.
And with Blackburn Rovers the team responsible for the Black Cats' exit from the Cup, revenge and climbing out of trouble will offer a double motive when they go to Ewood Park on Saturday.
Not that Richardson appears to be too concerned about the league standings right now.
He said: "I don't really look at the league, to be honest. It is quite tight at the moment - you win two games and you are in a European spot.
"We won't worry too much about the league. After Christmas, January time, teams start falling into the right positions and that's the time you start concentrating on the league."