As a teenager Zak Mills was told he wasn’t big enough to make the grade at Boston United.
But last week the defender returned to York Street to bolster the Pilgrims’ Skrill North promotion hopes, and with a point to prove.
“No-one wants to be told they’re not good enough and I was only a young kid back then so I took it to heart,” admitted the 21-year-old, who was released from the club’s Centre of Excellence in 2008.
“It feels good to be back. I joined when I was 12 and was released at under 16s.
“I didn’t quite make the grade.
“I was a bit small at the time. But I’ve gone away and worked on a few things and now I’m back again and looking forward to getting going.”
After going full circle, Mills’ story is one that shows hard work can pay off.
He may have learned the ropes with United’s youth ranks - alongside fellow first-teamer Carl Piergianni - but it was at Skrill North rivals Histon where he cut his teeth.
However, with the Stutes facing financial troubles, Pilgrims manager Dennis Greene raided his former club to bring Mills to Boston.
After completing a suspension at Altrincham last night, Mills will be eligible for his debut as Boston travel to promotion rivals Solihull Moors on Saturday (KO 3pm).
United are then away at Colwyn Bay on Tuesday (KO 7.45pm).