Former West Ham youngster Freddie Sears still dreams of making his way back to the club.
A breakthrough star in 2008, Sears scored on his debut at only 18. An England youth international, he failed to build on his promise and was released just four years later.
Currently at Colchester United, Sears has impressed this season by scoring eight goals in all competitions.
He told The Sun this weekend: "West Ham are my dream club so anything that came up there would be a dream come true. I still go and see them when I can but it's difficult as I play on Saturdays.
"I played in the Premier League when I was 18 so I know I can play there now. I've got a lot more potential to come."
Sears is now 24-years-old, but playing two leagues below the level he aspires to, yet as he points out there is plenty of time for him to climb back up the football ladder.
At West Ham his development was stunted by a number of journeymen strikers being brought in on high wages, jumping the queue for a first team spot. After being loaned out it became apparent he would need to move on permanently to restart his career.
He has a scoring rate of almost one in three since joining Colchester, and is the club's top scorer this season.
The Essex-based side sit 17th in League One, which isn't the direction Sears ultimately wants to be heading in. There is a good chance if his good form remains that even if it is not West Ham, he is snapped up by another side over the next 12 months.