There was a time when AFC Wimbledon new boy Ryan Clarke had Jack Russell as his goalkeeping mentor.
A loan spell at Forest Green Rovers a decade ago saw Clarke come face-to-face with one of English cricket’s great glove men.
Russell certainly kept the then fledgling keeper on his toes.
But while others would give their eye teeth for tutorials with such a sporting legend you are left with the impression Clarke’s memories of that time are not the best.
“I just remember a tennis ball being smashed at me,” said the Wimbledon keeper.
“The agility is the main thing you can learn from them. Apart from that it is all different I think.
“Wicketkeepers are dealing with a smaller ball and they catch away from their body where we are told we have got to get our body behind it.
“It's all opposites, but you have just got to stop the thing at the end of the day that is the main thing.”
Russell’s influence or not Clarke has gone on to notch up in excess of 250 league appearances.
He has had a tough start to life at Kingsmeadow but has received the public backing of manager Neal Ardley this week.
AFC Wimbledon host Sheffield United in League One this weekend.