Neil Danns' transfer to Birmingham City has been given a seal of approval from his former manager at Colchester United, Phil Parkinson.
The 23-year-old Danns, who signed a three-year deal at St Andrew's on Monday, arrives at Birmingham with a burgeoning reputation after netting 16 goals last term for Colchester.
Parkinson, who nurtured his development for the past two seasons, has followed Danns out of the exit door at Layer Road after resigning as manager last week.
He is favourite to take up the post of manager at Championship rivals Hull City and there is no doubt he would have tried to acquire Danns if he was ensconced in a managerial role.
Nevertheless, Danns is firmly in the clutches of Steve Bruce and Birmingham as they embark on an expected promotion campaign.
After being a peripheral player at Blackburn Rovers, Danns took the plunge with Colchester and his gamble was duly rewarded after his £500,000 transfer this week.
"Neil is a player who could definitely perform in the Premiership," said Parkinson.
"He is a talented lad and has been an absolute pleasure to work with for these past two years. He possesses all the attributes to be a Premiership player, but I think he has made the right decision to stay in the Championship.
"At his stage of his development it will benefit him more to be playing in a strong Championship side. The last thing he needed was to sign for a Premiership club and be on the periphery, like he was at Blackburn."
Danns, in common with Birmingham's other summer signing, Cameron Jerome, has a burning desire to prove a point.
Jerome was discarded from his home-town club of Huddersfield and suffered several rejections before making his mark at Cardiff City.
Lifelong Liverpool fan Danns, a graduate from the vaunted Lilleshall School of Excellence alongside Jermain Defoe, was shown the door by his boyhood club before being labelled a fringe player at Blackburn. Rather than sulk and eject an abundance of toys from his pram, Danns adopted the pragmatic approach that endeared him to both Parkinson and the paying public of Colchester.
"Neil took a drop in wages to come and play for Colchester and there was never any argument about his pay packet," said Parkinson.
"All he ever wanted to do was play football and he has a huge hunger to succeed.
"Neil is obviously a very powerful lad but his biggest attribute is that he can finish with both feet. He has this knack of getting in the penalty area at just the right time and then he can produce a fantastic finish. As well as his ability in front of goal, Neil also possesses excellent individual skill, which enables him to go past players."
Despite Parkinson's glowing endorsement of Danns, he admits the talented midfielder was forced to develop his game still further last season after being placed under heavy guard by the opposition.
"After an incredible goalscoring run, the opposition used to try and man-mark Neil out of games," said Parkinson.
"He was earmarked for special attention and his goals dried up for a while, as he got used to the problem. However, he isn't just a box-to-box player as he is able to create opportunities too.
"Steve (Bruce) won't have any trouble with him in the dressing room at all, as he is a strong character in the dressing room. I have no doubt whatsoever that he will prove to be a success at Birmingham."