Ethan Hamilton was one of many Manchester United prospects to leave the club last summer.
The Scottish midfielder joined the Red Devils in 2015 but he never made a senior start.
Instead, a string of loan spells was followed by a permanent move to Peterborough back in August.
Having been released by United, it didn’t take long for the talented Hamilton to find a new club. so how has he fared since he made the switch to League One?
Hamilton has featured 30 times in all competitions for his new club. That makes it the most fruitful spell of his career to date.
In three previous loan spells, Hamilton did not make it past 14 senior games. So it seems he made the right call moving to a club managed by former United player Darren Ferguson.
But that is not the entire story. The one-time United prospect has been used predominantly from the bench, coming on for the last 20 minutes or so.
A work in progress
Given his ability as a holding midfielder, that is no surprise, with Posh often looking to see out a game. When he has started, Hamilton has suffered five defeats in nine outings.
In his last appearance, the 22-year-old lasted just 41 minutes before being sent off for two bookable offences. That played a part in his new team losing 3-1 to the only team currently above them in the table.
And therein lies another part of the story. Hamilton is playing for a team pushing hard for promotion.
He could be playing in the Championship next season. So, despite never making it at United, top-flight football could be just a league away come 2022.
Hamilton is still only 22 so he has his entire career ahead of him. He became a mainstay for United’s U23s, appearing 40 times before moving on.
He also has a goal in him, after eight in just 22 U18 appearances and four senior strikes in 14 loan games for Rochdale.
If he can build on that, he could yet have a role to play in this season’s battle for promotion.