Up until last weekend Kevin McGarry had been convincing himself that his hurling career had already peaked.
He had won several Fermanagh championship medals with Lisbellaw and indeed his consistency in the club colours had helped him acquire a solid reputation.
But suddenly Kevin is finding himself in rather more rarified surroundings.
He moved to live in Portaferry, joined the local club, declared for Down - and then found himself in the Ulster team.
No one was more surprised than this modest midfield ace when Ulster manager Dominic McKinley and his assistant Terence McNaughton decided that he was the man to plug their midfield gap for last Saturday's Martin Donnelly Inter-Provincial Championship semi-final against Connacht at Ballybofey.
Kevin's elevation - Ulster were stripped of several established players for a variety of reasons - may have surprised quite a few people but one man who was not taken aback is Ulster hurling development officer Frankie Quinn.
"I have watched Kevin and he has great talent," Frankie said.
"He is big, strong and skilful and that's a good combination of qualities. He has a lot to offer and his track record at club level has been excellent to date.
"He has a lot to offer and I think Down hurling in general will benefit from his presence."
It is expected that Kevin will feature for Down in the not too distant future and his inclusion in the Portaferry ranks will perhaps help to fuel optimism that the club can reclaim the Down championship title next year.