Now he hopes to rise to the challenge of becoming a first team regular with the Airlie Birds.
“I’ve got to have a good week’s training and make sure I’m fully fit by getting my recovery right to hope I get picked,” he told his club’s official website.
“Everyone wants to play, and it’s a challenge when all the boys have been playing so well this year. Luckily I got picked on Friday night, which helped with my fitness, too.
“Shauly’s been one of the best full-backs in the competition this year, so it will be really difficult to get into the team at full-back. But I’ve got to show this week that I’m good enough to be picked. I’d happily play wherever.”