Just as he did as a player, Damien Johnson is determined to give everything to his new coaching role with Northern Ireland.
Manager Ian Baraclough has not let the grass grow under his feet in adding Johnson to his backroom team, with the ex-Birmingham City midfielder, who won 56 caps, taking up the role of coaching assistant.
It could prove to be an inspired move. Johnson was a consistent performer in the green shirt between 1999 and 2010 and, alongside Steven Davis, starred in the middle of the park in the famous 1-0 win over England in 2005.
Following his playing career he earned rave reviews as a youth coach and now works with Blackburn Rovers at first-team level and is the club's head of player development. The Lisburn man joins Jimmy Nicholl, Austin MacPhee and Steve Harper on Baraclough's staff.
Speaking to Sunday Life Sport, Johnson said: "I am made up and really grateful for the opportunity. It came a bit like a bolt from the blue but I am glad that it did.
"I am looking forward to working with Ian and the rest of the staff and all the players in September for the Nations League games and, of course, the Euro 2020 play-off match in Bosnia the following month.
"It is an honour for me to be back involved with Northern Ireland. I will give it everything and I want to be as supportive as possible to Ian and help him and the team any way I can."
Johnson has been cheering on Northern Ireland's recent progress from afar under Michael O'Neill and was encouraged by how well the Under-21s were doing under Baraclough prior to his promotion to the senior job.
"I have seen Ian at Blackburn and talked to him at different games such as Under-23 matches on cold Monday nights. He always comes across as a diligent, hard-working person and I have watched in admiration at the job he has done with the Under-21s. He performed miracles," said Johnson (below).
"I have got on well with Ian in our conversations and I know our manager at Blackburn Tony Mowbray and our assistant manager Mark Venus speak highly of him. I want to be an asset to him with Northern Ireland.
"I have been a fan and been proud of what the team has achieved. The side has progressed since I was a player and we have more exciting times ahead. To be part of that is brilliant.
"I know Davo (Steven Davis) and Jonny (Evans), and I have a strong relationship with Corry (Evans) who is at Blackburn, and it will be good to get to know the rest of the lads."
After Johnson was appointed by Baraclough, he called to let his mum Delia know. It was an emotional moment.
"I told my mum and she burst into tears. That's how much it meant to her and it will be the same for the rest of my family," explained the 41-year-old.
"Some of my mum's fondest memories are of coming to watch me play at Windsor Park. It will be a great experience to be at Windsor again."