Rob Elliot has admitted to Newcastle United's official site that he didn't think that he would play for the club again.
Elliot is the Magpies' third choice goalkeeper, behind Tim Krul and Karl Darlow, but a spate of injuries saw him named in Steve McClaren's line-up against Norwich City.
And the 29-year-old was delighted to have played his part in the 6-2 victory, after spending so much time on the sidelines.
"I love playing for this club and there was a point where I didn't think I'd play for Newcastle again, so any chance to play is just amazing," he said.
Elliot could be in for a run of games in Newcastle's first-team, as Krul and Darlow both have suffered long-term injuries.
Krul is expected to be out for the entirety of the season, while Darlow has been on the treatment table for much of the season so far, and he isn't likely to be back until November, at the very earliest.
It means that Elliot will have a chance to stake his claim for a place in the team over the coming weeks, and he has made a good start.
Although he conceded twice against Norwich, the former Charlton Athletic stopper looked relatively assured and should keep his place for this weekend's derby match against Sunderland.