Craig Noone paid a special visit to a Coaching Connexions session earlier this month, in turn taking a trip down memory lane in the process.
The 30-year-old winger, who only turned professional ten years ago, spent time on a BTEC Football Studies course during his teenage years - the very same one which the students at the session are currently undertaking.
Working alongside Enterprise Tutor Andrew Foster during that time - a man who is now an employee of the Bolton Wanderers Community Trust - he has since gone from strength to strength and now boasts over a decade in the game.
The perfect example of what hard work can produce, Noone was invited by Foster to the group session at the University of Bolton Stadium to speak to the youngsters aged between 16 and 20.
Taking their questions, the wideman also spoke about his own journey and the importance of keeping a positive attitude even in times of hardship.
Speaking after the session, tutor Foster said: "First of all, from all of the staff and students who attended the Q&A session, we would like to say a massive thank you to Craig for taking the time out of his busy schedule to give the students an insight into what it’s like to be a professional footballer.
"Throughout the session, he reiterated how hard work, discipline, determination and self-belief can go such a long way in making your own dreams come true.
"Many of the students commented on how down to earth he was, in the sense of answering questions so directly and realistically about his rise to become a footballer.
"During the question and answer session, James Fabian (Head of Coaching Connexions, Bolton) highlighted that Craig is such a great role model for everyone out there as he was released as a youngster but never once gave up on his passion.
"Craig had to take a job when he was released and told some great stories about his life before making it as a professional, especially with the realism of him working as a roofer on Steven Gerrard’s home then playing against him in the Premier League!
"We are so lucky to have such a hardworking humble man playing for us at Bolton Wanderers - he is a superb role model, a credit to the club and we wish him all the best with the season ahead."