It started with the equivalent of jumpers for goalposts and it's ended up with a place in the Ireland squad.
But rookie goalkeeper Mark Travers (above) is determined to make the most of his opportunity with Ireland.
The path to the first team at Bournemouth is pretty clogged for Kildare lad Travers right now as he has senior keepers Artur Boruc and Asmir Begovic ahead of him at the Cherries, but the Maynooth native is pleased to have gained a place in the Ireland squad, ahead of recent call-ups like Colin Doyle.
"It started on the green in my estate. I was always the first to go in goals when we had matches. I just loved diving around in the muck, but my Mam didn't," jokes Travers, who had played outfield, with local club Confey, until he decided to stay in goal after U12 level.
Spells with Lucan United, Cherry Orchard and Shamrock Rovers led to a move to Bournemouth and Travers still can't believe he has been given the nod.
"I'm buzzing to be called up. At the start of the season, I was just hoping to get into the U21s. This is a real bonus for me. Mick hasn't explained why I've been called in. I'm just going to try to take the opportunity and impress."