Graeme Montgomery says he is fully focussed on helping Wealdstone climb the Ryman League table after a possible move to League One side Yeovil Town fizzled out.
The 20-year-old enjoyed two separate trials with the Glovers last month, but the management at Huish Park believe the leap from non-league football to the third tier of English football is too great for him at this stage.
It is the second snub in as many months for the winger. Aidy Boothroyd reeled him in for training at Watford after catching the manager's eye during a pre-season friendly with Weald-stone, however the Championship club failed to persue their interest.
But despite the latest set-back Montgomery is treating it like water off a duck's back.
"Again, Yeovil didn't think I was quite ready," he said. "They think it is a big step for me and (a lack of) sharpness was one thing they pointed out. It's all down to fitness at the moment and the fitness levels at Wealdstone to those with a League One club are massively different.
"But the experience has given me something to really work for now. It's nice to have professional clubs show an interest in me and now it is down to me to work harder than ever and hopefully progress.
"You never know who is watching at this level and there are so many good players that are unrecognised in this division."
"I suppose the experience has changed my mindset," added the winger. "I started playing for Wealdstone aged 17 and it was a great level of football for me to be playing at that age. I'm still young and now I've got to within reach of what I think is the next step up for me. I certainly would not have thought I would have had a chance (of playing professionally) three years ago."
In the meantime, 'Monty' plans to throw himself into his new admin job at Hertford Council and helping Gordon Bartlett's team recover from a poor start to the season.
"It has been a bit of a shaky start especially after everyone had high hopes," he added. "It is all purely down to work rate in this league and it is up to the team to gel together.
"The focus now is to work our way up the league. We've got a good basis here and who knows where we will end up if we can get a bit of consistency to our results?"
While there is no doubting Montgomery's commitment to the Stones' cause, it is under-standable his burning desire to 'make it' shows no signs of being doused.
"You can't really plan for something like pro football," he commented. "It comes along in a blue moon and, if and when it does, you should relish the opportunity.
"For now, my priorities are my job and working hard for Wealdstone."