Flackwell Heath FC's Dan Bayliss has been tipped for big things after making the last 32 of the latest England Schoolboys trials.
And even if the defender doesn't make the final cut, Heathens assistant manager Sean Kelleher reckons Bayliss already has an advantage over most of his peers.
At the age of 17, Bayliss has been fast-tracked into the Flackwell first team and has impressed during the 20-odd appearances he has made already.
Kelleher said: “It is brilliant for him and for the club. Dan's not a cocky youngster, he's polite and humble, but he has great attributes as well as being a lovely lad. He has great ability and has played centre back and left back for us.
“I've worked with lads before who have gone on to play in the England Schoolboys side, like Ashleigh Artwell , who played for his country in front of a big crowd at St James' Park and earned a trial with Manchester United, so you never know what doors will open.
“He will definitely play above this level, and we would love to see him move onto a bigger club, as long as he's playing. You can't be selfish about these things, but a full season with us at senior level will do him the world of good.
“He's played 20-odd games in men's football already, which is really good for a 17 year old. We realised he was beyond youth team level and needed the extra challenge, and he's been even better than we thought he would.”
Not even Bayliss could prevent a shock 3-0 home defeat to Binfield for the Hellenic Premier high-fliers on Saturday, but given that Flackwell played without a recognised frontman due to Jamie Essex's injury and Danny Burnell's suspension, it is easier to understand.
With Burnell serving a five-game ban and Essex out until at least the new year, Kelleher and manager Paul Shone are confident of bringing in a new striker before this Saturday's game at Ascot United.