He is still waiting for his shot at the big time.
But Adam Reach is convinced he will eventually realise his ambition of playing in the Premier League with Sheffield Wednesday.
The 23-year-old dropped down a division on deadline day, ending his six-year association with hometown club Middlesbrough.
It was a big decision for Reach, who could have stayed at the Riverside, been a squad player and happily picked up his paycheck.
But Reach, who spent the majority of last season on loan at Preston North End, felt the time was right to move on.
“I learned a lot at Middlesbrough,” he admitted. “It is a great club and was nice to be part of a team on the up.
“You are always disappointed when you are not playing but they strengthened a lot over the summer with Víctor Valdés and [Álvaro] Negredo and players like that coming in.
“Boro have obviously got back into the Premier League and I’m hoping to do the same with Wednesday.
“I truly believe I will play in the Premier League one day and when I do I want to be playing week in, week out and not just five minutes here or a sub appearance here and there.”
Wednesday shelled out a club-record £5million to land Reach, who could deputise at left-back against Nottingham Forest today should Daniel Pudil fail to shrug off a thigh injury.
Reach said: “I’m 23 now and maybe not classed as a young prospect anymore. You need to start playing games and be putting in performances every week.
“I have signed for five years so I have a lot of time myself to improve and help the team improve.
“Hopefully that will be in the Premier League at some stage. I want to play more games, get more experience and get better.”
The left-footed winger is determined to repay the faith shown in him by boss Carlos Carvalhal and justify his hefty price tag.
“Football comes with high pressure and you have to handle that,” he said. “If you can’t handle the pressure, you can’t play at the top level.
“I will take that in my stride. Personally, I’m not feeling any pressure with the fans or my teammates. I’m confident in my own ability so hopefully I will go out there and show people what I can do.”
Wednesday have plenty of strength in depth and Reach is acutely aware he needs to carry on performing well to retain his place in the side.
He said: “We have a big squad. It is strong in depth.
“When I came here, the manager said he would rotate because the Championship is gruelling.
“There are a lot of Saturday-Tuesday-Saturday games for a lot of weeks in a row so there will be changes and players have got to accept that and if they are not in the starting eleven or 18 you need to keep your head down as you know you are going to get an opportunity.”