Wealdstone new-boy Michael Malcolm believes he can find the form which once made Tottenham fork out £1million for his services.
The striker, who scored on his home debut against Bury Town on Saturday, commanded the seven-figure sum from the North London Premiership club aged just 14 when they bought him from Wycombe Wanderers.
He progressed through the youth ranks, representing England at schoolboy level, but the closest he got to first team action with Spurs was as a trainee in the ill-fated short reign of Frenchman Jacques Santini, and he was eventually released to join League Two Stockport in 2005.
Now 27, Wealdstone is his 12th club since his dreams of Premiership football passed him by.
While he admits the time at White Hart Lane is something he tries to forget, he says he insists his £1m price tag never fazed him and he has never doubted his talent.
“I like to push the time at Tottenham out of my memory,” he said. “It was a big price tag at the time, but it didn’t affect me – I was the same player I am now.
“It is just that the people at Tottenham who brought me in then left and, as the years went on, different management came in and every man has his own opinion on a player.
“When I was 19, I was given a chance at first in and around the first team and then the manager got sacked and someone else came in yet again and it went belly up, so I had to move on and went to Stockport.
“I played games there in the Football League and then more in the Conference and I nearly went to Germany twice, but that is football for you.
“I have no doubts in my ability and still think I can play higher – it is just about being given the chance really.”
Malcolm accepts the long list of clubs on his CV suggests he has flitted around from place to place – perhaps a bit too much – and that it is time he put down some roots.
Harrow born and bred, he feels he is back to his manor and, having won the Ryman Premier League title last season with Whitehawk, he now wants to fire Stones to similar glory.
He added: “It is about time I settled down somewhere for a period of time and this is the perfect place for me to do it.
“The way Wealdstone play, passing it short and then slipping balls through, gives me chances to score so it suits me to a tee.
“In other teams I’ve played in, they’ve played a lot of long ball and that does not really suit me because of my size.
“I’ve settled in quite quickly and I’m enjoying it, so the aim is to get my head down, get a few goals and win the league again.”
Stones, who saw their midweek game at Lewes postponed. are next in action at Lowestoft Town on Tuesday.