"I paid for myself to train at Charlton Athletic. I was close to the goalkeeping coach there and I just trained and waited.
"It is a very hard industry to be in and a very hard industry to stay in. I had sold my house and my car and was about a week away from going back to the Philippines (where his mother is from). But I got offered a a contract with Oldham that winter.
"I said to one of my mates, who just happened to live there, 'Do you mind if I kip on your couch for however long I am up here?'
"I ended up living on his couch for a month and Charlton took me in the transfer window."
Four years on, via Charlton and Walsall, he is now a Premier League player in waiting.
"I have been able to rectify my career," he adds.