Peterborough United striker Joe Gormley admits he wasn’t sure he was good enough for League One when he first arrived at the club.
Gormley struggled to adjust to the step in standard after moving to Posh from Belfast-based Cliftonville in the summer.
The 24 year-old striker - nicknamed ‘Joe the Goal’ in his homeland - didn’t score in five League One matches for his new club. He was axed from the team and then suffered a season-ending knee ligament injury in a reserve team game at Norwich.
But Gormley has pledged to make his mark in the Football League - even if he has to wait until next season to prove his worth.
“I’ve scored goals all my life,” Gormley stated. “And I’m determined to continue that form with Posh.
“I’m a confidence player. I thrive on it and when that returns I will make a success of my time here.
“I admit there were times at the start of the season when I thought ‘wow what am I doing here’?.
“I wondered if I would ever be good enough as the step up in standard was so huge.
“Three years ago I was playing amateur football in Northern Ireland and then I became a semi-pro training two nights a week with Cliftoville.
“It was a real eye-opener to come over here and start training full-time and I was probably picked too early for the first team.
“I had a good pre-season though which is why I was selected, but I found League One too tough.
“I was a bit down as I wasn’t living up to expectations and I was also living on my own for the first time in my life.
“And then the injury happened and I didn’t know what to do with myself. I’d never been out injured for more than two weeks before.
“But I have to say the club have been brilliant with me and the players have been different class.
“They are forever asking after me and making sure I feel involved. I actually feel guilty at not being to help them on the field.
“I have now formed a really good friendship with Chris Forrester who has moved in across the street from me which is good for us both.
“And if I need any inspiration to come back strong from my injury I just look at Jack Baldwin.
“He had the same injury and he is almost back. He’s played reserve games and looks really good so I know I can recover as well.
“Jack has also been a great help to me. He is always texting me asking how my treatment has been going and that if I need any help he will try and offer it.”