Adam Armstrong joined Newcastle United at the age of nine.
Working is way through the various age groups he dreamed of stepping out at St James Park and starting a first team game.
That is set to happen on Saturday some 12 years after joining NUFC – but it will be in the colours of Blackburn Rovers.
The striker never got a proper chance at Newcastle but says he has always been a fan of the club and that will never change.
A prolific scorer in the various England age groups and at League One level with 29 in 55 starts (6 as a sub).
However, at Championship level it is only eight goals in 50 starts (plus 30 appearances from the bench).
His summer 2018 sale to Blackburn probably best all round for everybody, with maybe the feeling that the natural finisher won’t be able to get into the positions at Premier League level to take advantage of that.
Good luck to Adam Armstrong in proving he can, after tomorrow, at Championship level he hasn’t always played as an out and out striker, often used as an attacking midfielder and support to the main striker with Blackburn.
The Geordie striker made 14 Premier League appearances as a sub but the only start was a bizarre Alan Pardew move that saw a 17 year old Adam Armstrong played as a sole striker at Old Trafford when Newcastle lost 3-1 on Boxing Day 2014.
He did make three starts in the cups, all away, as Newcastle lost at Leicester in the FA Cup but started in the League Cup victories at Man City and Crystal Palace in Autumn 2014.
No player will be trying harder tomorrow than the 21 year old and with already 43 goals in club football he has plenty years and goals ahead of him to try and prove any doubters wrong.
Adam Armstrong talking to official Blackburn site:
“I was watching the draw live in the living room with Richie Smallwood and beforehand he asked who I wanted.
“I obviously wanted Newcastle, and once they came out it was almost written in the stars that Blackburn would come out. It will be great to go home.
“I’m looking forward to it. It should be a good day and hopefully we can come out with the right result.
“It’s not hit me yet but I think it will when I get on the pitch.
“I’m excited, because I don’t actually think I started a first team game there for Newcastle.
“I played a lot of games there off the bench, but walking out at St James’ in the tunnel, it’s going to be special for me.
“I have a lot of family and friends coming to the game, so hopefully we can come out on top.
“The club still means a lot to me.
“I’m a Newcastle fan and was there for a long time, since I was nine-years-old and coming through the academy system.
“I made my debut aged 16 under Pardew and at the time things were looking up for me. We were struggling at the time and it was always going to be hard for the manager to chuck me in when it’s like that.
“That’s football. I had the chance to leave permanently in the summer and when a massive club like Blackburn came in for me, I simply couldn’t turn the move down.”