"People who were seen to be better than me at the time are playing in lower leagues - or not in the game at all.
"So it's fantastic I went to Sheffield and got my chance.
"When I went there on trial I soon realised it was a little bit harder. There were no shin-pads and people were smashing you.
"I was thinking âWhat's going on here?' But it made me mature. I left school, left home, went to live in Sheffield and grew up.
"I think the fact I made it the hard way shows. And, after a sticky start, I couldn't have asked for a better first season with Everton.
"I've had a nice run in the side and feel settled. That is helping me play my best football."