He had scouts drooling over his speed and the deceptive amount of power contained in that 5ft 11in, 13st frame.
He recalled: "I've been playing football since I was very young but I also played rugby in school because of my pace.
"I liked it because they just used to put me on the wing and I would score a lot of tries. I used to run the 100 metres and 200m as well.
"I loved all sports really but football was the one that did it for me. So after a while I didn't really bother with anything else.
"And you don't even have to ask me whether I made the right decision."