Never short of self-belief to start with, it has provided the former Shrewsbury man with another confidence boost, in addition to offering an opportunity to perform at an even higher level.
"What has happened at Manchester City has given me a lot of confidence," he said.
"We have achieved some fantastic things this season. We know what a tough task it will be to follow that.
"But the thing is, we could have achieved more, which just makes it more exciting for next season."