THIS time last year, Paris Cowan-Hall was without a club. Now, he's in pre-season training with the npower League 2 Pilgrims.It's quite a jump for the 21-year-old forward, who last season scored 17 goals in 36 appearances for Blue Square South champions Woking.
"I know it's a big step. It's a massive step up," stated Paris.
"But football is football at the end of the day. It's 11 men against 11 men. I'm just privileged that the gaffer (Carl Fletcher) thinks I can make it and hopefully I can impress.
"I met Carl with my agent and he explained what they're looking for this season. He wants me to express myself and keep playing the way I was at Woking.
"That's how I feel I play best, so hopefully there's more to come."
But before the games must come the hard work, which, as Paris points out, is essential to success during the season.
"[Today] was a bit of a blow," admitted Paris.
"Getting straight into the running [is tough] but it was to be expected. Still, it's been a good day overall.
"It looks like pre-season's going to be hard work this year which is to be expected really. If you want to be fit, that's what you've got to do."
This isn't Paris' first experience of League Football. He was previously on Portsmouth's books before joining Scunthorpe United in League One.
Game time was becoming an issue for the youngster who feels his move out of the Football League has been beneficial.
"I would honestly say that dropping down to Woking is the best thing that's happened to me so far. I could have gone to Football League clubs but I didn't.
"I wasn't getting much game time in the league because I wasn't getting much of a chance. Really I was just playing a lot of reserve games, and I feel playing every week at Woking has made me better and I've taken my chance."