Just over a year ago Ross Allen was being substituted at the tier of English football for Guernsey FC against Shoreham.
Fast forward to the 31-year-old and Wednesday is three wins away from four victories, and a interview with Real Madrid from being part of their’best’ team on Earth.
How features finished up playing along side some of this game’s greats at the Fifa Club World Cup?
From the Channel Islands into North Island
On an island where Matt Le Tissier is known because the football king, Allen is the own crown prince.
A powerful, tall forward with undoubted ability, he scored 239 aims in 226 games for Guernsey FC from the club foundation in 2011 before he left last year.
He had been part of their Guernsey side that represented England in the Uefa Regions’ Cup in 2011 and won an Island Games gold medal.
But after a span travelling, Allen chose to go to the different areas of their world 12 weeks ago and settle in Wellington in New Zealand.
He combined Team Wellington, that play in the domestic flight of New Zealand.
The Oceania Football Confederation Champions League title was won by the club in might – beating Fijian side Lautoka 103 on aggregate at the ultimate, after a stressed away-goals win over Auckland City at the previous four to competitions.
“It’s something I never really imagined would happen at this stage of my career,” Allen told BBC Radio Guernsey.
“Even going back annually, simply travelling outside into New Zealand I knew it was something that may potentially happen, but I only fell in with the ideal team.
“We have done really well to win the Champions League, and also to have the opportunity to play at a contest against some of these teams is incredible.”
Had Allen still been Guernsey Hamilton Academical he would have been imagining on Wednesday for a home game against Whitstable Town at the Isthmian League Division One South.
Alternatively, Team Wellington and he will play with United Arab Emirates champions Al Ain in an opening game in Abu Dhabi.
They may be outsiders, but ateam Wellington win in that first game would see them accept Tunisia’s African club champions Esperence.
The winners of the match will take on Copa Libertadores winners River Plate at a semi final, together with the winners inclined to face Real Madrid, given the Spanish giants face Mexican side Guadalajara or either Japan’s Kashima Antlers in the other semi final.
“It’s definitely going to be really a hard ask to just win this 1 game, but I think we have the opportunity,” said Allen from Wellington’s training camp at the UAE.
“They have got home advantage, but we have a really solid set, very competitive in practice and some excellent players.
“When we can get past that first game we’re a team that’s excellent once we’re playing well and winning games – excellence and optimism really can carry us throughout.
“If we’re fortunate enough to get in to the semifinals and in and one of those huge teams then it’ll really be a dream come true.”