Saturday was a special afternoon for Josh Earl as the academy graduate made his Championship debut for Preston.
Helping North End to victory over Reading was the cherry on the cake.
Earl, handed a professional contract during the summer, which saw the full back feature regularly in pre-season, was obviously delighted at fulfilling something he's dreamt about for the past decade.
However, he knows it'll come down to taking chances and continued hard work if he's really going to 'make it' in the game.
'I've been here since I was nine-years-old and I remember signing my first contract so it's a very special moment making my way up. I've seen lots of players who haven't got contracts and not carried on so it's just a special moment to make it to what I've been dreaming of for the last ten years or so. It's not like I've made it or anything though, I just need to focus on it game by game just to keep my shirt, do the best I can with every chance that I get,' Earl told the Official Website.
It wasn't actually until the day that Earl, 18, knew for certain he would start.
Admittedly the teenager had an inkling after training last Friday, which added to his nerves, but when Greg Cunningham was officially ruled out Earl knew he was coming in and is now looking to kick on having made that 'big step' of making his debut.
Earl was praised by Alex Neil following the game with fans and teammates also congratulating him with it now his intention to do his best and take the chances presented to him.
He said: 'It's really nice to hear comments like that, especially from the gaffer because he's picking the team, so I just need to keep on showing him and showing the fans that I can do it and I am capable and I am ready for this. I just need to do my best and take it game by game and just keep on pushing. I feel as though we have such a good group of lads and all of us are really talented and I think we've got a bright future.'