Andre Gray was playing non-league football last season, with a 30-haul haul helping to fire Luton Town back into League Two.
It is now being suggested that in the space of six months he could go from the Conference Premier to the Premier League.
Queens Park Rangers are said to be leading the chase for Gray, having seen him catch the eye in the Championship following a summer switch to Brentford.
Harry Redknapp was in attendance at Griffin Park on Saturday as Gray netted his eighth goal of the campaign in a 3-1 victory over Blackburn Rovers.
QPR are fully aware of how quickly a transition from bottom to top can be made, with their top marksman Charlie Austin playing for Poole Town as recently as 2009.
He needed someone to take a chance on him, Swindon Town did and the rest is history.
It is too early to suggest that Gray is capable of treading a similar path, but he is only 23 years of age and a raw talent with plenty of potential still to be unlocked.
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Brentford boss Mark Warburton is reluctant to part with Gray, having found himself quite the bargain, but he also concedes that it may be difficult to fend off interest in January.
He told London24: “I hope every player attracts attention, but the fact is that any player who leaves here leaves on our terms
“Everyone has a price. The owner will decide the price. That’s life. And we would replace him. But right now this is a good place. I think anyone would think long and hard before leaving here.”
The Bees currently sit fifth in the Championship, so could earn themselves a shot at the Premier League come the end of the season.
A move to Loftus Road would see Gray thrown into a top tier dogfight – hardly an ideal situation for a rookie at that level – and if interest were to be shown, he would need to decide whether he stands a better chance of playing among the elite in 2015/16 with his current employers or with a club desperately seeking an attacking spark to fire them away from trouble.