With a single swing of his right boot, James Constable has already repaid the £5,000 transfer fee - including the promise of a pre-season friendly - Walsall paid to Chippenham Town when they gambled on his raw talent.
Just 17 minutes into his full debut, the physical 21-year-old put the Saddlers back in to their LDV Vans Trophy regional quarter-final with a stunning volley that flew past Wycombe Wanderers goalkeeper Steve Williams and sent renewed belief coursing through his new team--mates.
From there, the League One side went on to dominate their lower-ranked opponents before surviving a late scare to book their place in the southern area semi-finals - effectively the last eight of the competition - and to within three matches of a showpiece final at the Millennium Stadium.
Get there and Constable's strike could be worth hundreds of thousands.
It's all a far cry from trying to catch a scout's eye on a foggy Wednesday night in Cirencester, although by the time he was on the brink of leaving Southern League football, there were several professional clubs interested in taking the same risk.
In the end, last month, he chose to join Paul Merson's Bescot revolution and if only because of events on Tuesday night, he's glad he did.
"The goal was a bit lucky, really," Constable recalled. "It went under the defender's feet and I just hit it first time.
"You have a feeling that it's going in when you make such a clean strike, I don't think the goalkeeper had chance to react. Seeing it hit the back of the net was a nice feeling."
The goal was just part of a promising full debut in which he visibly tired. He could - perhaps should - have laid on another when he caught visiting captain Roger Johnson dallying outside his own area and slipped the ball to leading scorer Matt Fryatt.
Unfortunately for Fryatt, he could not make the most of the opportunity his partner had gifted him and his shot was turned aside. It was another incident that confirmed why Constable is worth five grand of anyone's money.
That is not to say, however, that he put in a complete performance. There were times when his movement off the ball was pedestrian and others when his decision-making with it was poor. The right pass and the right time might have garnered Fryatt a hat-trick.
Both manager and player are aware of that fact. "The pace and quality of the play - the passing is more precise and quicker - is the biggest difference between the Southern League and the Football League" he said.
"I have got to work on my touch and getting the ball into feet. In the league I was in, it was a question of just turning and going. Now I have got to lay it off, spin and get in the box and make other little changes. It'll take time."
Merson concurred. "He did a lot of good things and - without being horrible, because I think he did well - a lot of non-league things too," the former Aston Villa and England man said.
"In the first half, his ball to Matty had to be better and then, in the second half, he won the ball off the defender, played it through to Matty and their keeper made a world-class save.
"He will get better and better, though," Merson continued. "He is a big strong lad. I am pleased with him but we have got to work on a lot of stuff with him, because he looked raw."
And the supporters seem to have bought into the punt, too. When he was substituted with 20 minutes to go, Con-stable received a warm ovation. But then, he had just earned the club at least £5,000.
With four games in eight days, Constable is hopeful of getting his chance to prove himself in league action. He will hope to stay in the squad for Boxing Day's match with Tranmere Rovers, although Merson himself is only rated as 50-50 and captain Danny Fox is unlikely to be fit.
On the positive side, Simon Osborn and Daryl Taylor will be available and wing Ishmel Demontagnac completes his three-game suspension and will be available for the following game at Bradford City two days later. ..SUPL: