Danny Burnell admits he could easily have been watching his mates lift the Hellenic Premier title for Flackwell Heath rather than being on the pitch helping them win it.
The 47-goal top scorer proved to be the final piece in the Heathens' jigsaw when manager Graham Malcolm signed him back in October.
The former Chesham United, Slough Town, Hayes & Yeading and Wealdstone striker almost quit the game before being persuaded to try his luck in the Hellenic with Flackwell.
Six months on, and Burnell has a smile on his face once again, as well as a medal in his pocket, after Flackwell marked the presentation of the league trophy they secured last week with a 7-0 hammering of Cheltenham Saracens.
Burnell bagged the fourth goal from the penalty spot after Brian Taylor was brought down, but it was strike partner Gavin James who took the plaudits on the day with a hat-trick, while Liam Tack, Joe Blount and Ben Sturgess also netted.
Burnell said: “If it hadn't been for Graham and a couple of the players talking me round, I could have been watching this rather than playing in it.
“I had work commitments and I started not to enjoy my football. I was playing for the wrong reasons and not getting the backing from managers, but Graham has backed me all along.
“There were four or five already here who I grew up playing football with, who I have known since I was 12 or 13, and I went to college with some of the others.
“It took a while to get my fitness and confidence back, but my team-mates kept giving me the ball and I've kept scoring. It's clicked for me and everyone had bonded really well.”
However, Flackwell suffered only a second defeat of 2015 when they went down 3-2 after extra time to Windsor in the Berks & Bucks Senior Trophy final last night.
But they have a chance to bounce back tomorrow night with a League Cup semi-final at Ascot United, before completing their league programme with three away games in five days.
Down in Division One East, rock bottom Chalfont Wasps went down 7-1 at home to Rayners Lane in their penultimate league game of the season, and were due to complete their programme last night at neighbours Penn & Tylers Green , who then host Finchampstead this Saturday.