Having been named in the England Counties squad to tour North America next month, Moseley wing Ollie Winter is looking to salvage something positive from a difficult campaign.
The 23-year-old was given a massive boost when he was included in the 26-man party to play the United States A twice and a Canada Select XV between June 2-16 and is now in a position to stake a claim for a Moseley first team place next term.
Winter, who arrived at Billesley Common in the summer of 2006, made 12 appearances last season and scored one try although his participation was affected by a knee injury and the presence of several talented dual-registered Gloucester wingers.
While Mark Foster, Dan Norton and Charlie Sharples sparkled as the cutting edge to the Moseley threequarter line, Winter was out for more than three months recuperating from the knock he picked up in the loss to Cornish Pirates.
But having played in each of the last three matches, including outstanding victories against Pirates and Esher, the former Leicester academy man is hoping to use next month's trip as a springboard for next term.
"It has been a frustrating year, what with injuries and finding it hard work getting into the side but I finished in pretty good form. I'd like to play some part in all three games on tour and then use that to hit the ground running for next season.
"I went through the qualification procedure to get this opportunity. I played pretty well for North Midlands and asked [director of rugby] John Beale to put my name forward for the tour.
"I knew when they asked me for kit sizes that I was pretty sure of going but it was a nice telephone call to get when it came anyway."
Winter has been one of the main losers in the Moseley-Gloucester agreement that brought some of Kingsholm's brightest and youngest to Billesley Common. Nathan Bressington continued on one wing while Foster looked a world beater when he played the first few games on the other and Norton ended up as the club's leading try scorer in his first year in senior rugby.
But Winter accepts he will have to fight for his place or continue to provide evidence that he can be the man to fill the full back berth should Andy Binns decide to retire.
"The deal brought us some very good players throughout the year," he said. "They have added some real quality to the club and played a big part in helping us progress from the year before.
"For me personally it has not made my life any easier but you have to realise there are going to be good players at this level of rugby."
Winter will tour with Red and Black team-mate, Mark Evans and Pertemps Bees lock Alex Davidson, who will also be looking for a pick-me-up.
Stourbridge's Tom Jarvis has also been called up as have two Coventry players, scrum half Nathan Jones and hooker Chris Whitehead.