Colin Doyle has admitted that his loan spell with Nottingham Forest had exceeded all his expectations.
The teenage Irishman will make his second Forest start in Saturday's City Ground encounter with Burnley as he deputises for the suspended Paul Gerrard.
Doyle traded life as Birmingham's fourth choice 'keeper to join The Reds on loan in December to act as cover for Gerrard.
And he admits: "When I joined Forest I knew there was a chance I might be called upon to play first team football if anything happened to Paul but it still seemed pretty unlikely.
"I was just glad to be joining a club where I knew I would be playing reserve football on a regular basis, something I wasn't guaranteed at Birmingham where they have four senior 'keepers.
"But to have played for Forest in the F.A. Cup against Tottenham at White Hart Lane was incredible and now I've got another opportunity to impress against Burnley, which is an added bonus."
Gerrard must serve a one-match ban following his controversial sending-off against Reading last week.
The experienced former Everton man was giving his marching orders 20 minutes from time after referee Steve Tanner adjudged him to have handled outside his area.
Doyle stepped off the bench to take his place in goal and insists: ""From what I could see of the incident the referee's decision was harsh.
"I've seen it again on TV a couple of times and can't tell whether or not Paul handled outside his area or not."