A few days ago Glen Moss was just looking forward to watching the A-League grand final from Newcastle's bench.
Now an unforeseen twist of events have the veteran readying to stand in goal for the first big dance of his 11-year career.
Moss's huge chance comes at the expense of No.1 Jets goalkeeper Jack Duncan, who's been ruled out with a quad tear suffered in last Friday's semi-final defeat of Melbourne City.
Duncan's loss is Moss's gain, and the 35-year-old isn't about to let it slip through his fingers.
"It's one of those things you prepare for and dream about, and you want to be out there but don't necessarily expect it, especially in my position and with Jack playing so well," Moss said.
"I was just so happy to be a part of this squad in the grand final, and now having the possibility to go out there and play is even better."
Moss sat on the bench for Melbourne Victory's 2010 grand-final penalty-shootout loss to Sydney FC and the following year, after moving to Gold Coast United, was knocked out in the preliminary final.
He admits this has been been "a long time trying" but knew there was something about this season.
That was just as well because he took a demotion to sign with the Jets.
Ernie Merrick, who'd coached him at Victory and then Wellington, enticed the former All White to give up his first-choice spot with the Phoenix and become a reserve at a club that had just claimed the wooden spoon.
"Ernie was honest with me in pre-season and said he couldn't promise me any game time but he wanted an experienced goalkeeper on the books, and I guess this is the reason why," Moss said.
"I needed a change, a fresh start from Wellington. I'd been there a long time and perhaps got into my comfort zone a little bit there.
"And I've thoroughly enjoyed this year whether I've been playing or not.
"It's never easy watching on. You've always got that little itch inside you that wants to be out there contributing to the team.
"I prepare each week like I'm playing at No.1 anyway. It's all about mindset."
As it turned out, Moss played nine games mid-season while Duncan battled a foot injury and came on for his 10th once the 25-year-old was forced off in the first half against City.
His 11th will be in front of a sold-out crowd at McDonald Jones Stadium.
"Even if it's half of what Jack Duncan can do I'm still out there giving it my best shot," he added.