Starting out his academy career with Aston Villa, Daniel Crowley made the move to Arsenal in 2013. A year later, and the 17-year-old from Coventry had his first professional contract.
One year further on again, and the player who has made numerous underage appearances for both England and the Republic of Ireland found himself in the senior squad for Arsenal's pre-season trip to Singapore.
A series of loan moves later, Crowley, at 21-years of age, finds himself playing in the Netherlands' Eredivisie with Willem II. Having demonstrated such promise as a young teenager, he finally finds himself getting the first team opportunities required to deliver on such potential.
Having played as high up as U19 with England, however, Crowley is now determined that should his form in the Netherlands' top division allow, he wants to dedicate his senior international career not to his country of birth, but to the Republic of Ireland instead.
Speaking to The Herald, Crowley explained his preference to play for Ireland should the opportunity arise.
I have played for England and Ireland but my preference is to play for Ireland. I want to play for Ireland. Of course I’d love to speak to Martin O’Neill but when nothing is happening it’s hard to talk about it so there’s not a lot I can do, bar playing well for my club in Holland, but my dream is to one day play on the big stage for Ireland.
Aware that he has "to be patient," Crowley is confident that "one day the Ireland call will come for me," and he is determined to be ready.