Dan Thompson hopes returning to Hampton & Richmond Borough will put him in the shop window for a Football League return.
The young striker, having been watched by the likes of Liverpool, Stoke, Crystal Palace and QPR, was snapped up by Portsmouth last season after only a handful of games for the Beavers.
But things didn't work out at the crisis-torn south coast club, and finding himself a free agent this summer, Thomspon returned to Beveree for pre-season training.
Following an unsuccessful trial with Brentford, he finally re-signed for Hampton and made his comeback in last week's 2-1 win at Wingate & Finchley.
Thompson said: “My ambition is definitely to get back into the Football League, but I know the best way to get noticed again is by playing well for Hampton.
“I gave it a crack but perhaps didn't have enough experience, so I want to kick on and get some more games under my belt.
“I wanted to come back earlier, but my friend passes away so I wasn't in the right frame of mind, but I'm ready and raring to go now.”
Thompson's striker partner, Charlie Moone, scored the only goal of the game as Hampton knocked Bedford Town out of the FA Cup in Saturday's second qualifying round tie.
That set up a revenge mission against Arlesey Town, who knocked the Beavers out in a humiliating 6-1 defeat two years ago, in a third qualifying round home tie a week on Saturday.
Before that, Hampton return to Ryman Premier action with a trip to Leiston tomorrow before hosting Carshalton Athletic in the second round of the League Cup on Tuesday night.