Morgan Ferrier improving on and off the pitch at Walsall
Morgan Ferrier says his move to Walsall is allowing him to become the player and person he wants to be.
The striker has been a revelation since joining the Saddlers from Boreham Wood for £35,000 in the summer.
But the 23-year-old's career has not always been straight forward.
After 10-years at Arsenal, Ferrier had spells at Watford and Nottingham Forest before dropping into non-league.
And that's why he is so grateful to manager Dean Keates for giving him a shot in League One.
"I made a few mistakes when I was younger so that’s why I’m so grateful to the gaffer for giving me this opportunity," Ferrier said.
"Every day, whether it’s out to train or playing games, I want to repay him because he has shown so much faith me in.
"And he has given me the licence to go out and be the person I want to be and the player I want to be.
"I'm quite a fiery character and at times that can misunderstood. A lot of times people look at that in the wrong way.
"But I’m getting older, I’m becoming more mature and I want to be a positive influence instead of a negative one.
"Those I’m the things I am working on and the gaffer helps me a lot with that.
"I’m eternally grateful to him. I just want to work hard for him and do the best I can for myself and everyone connected with the club."
Ferrier admits it was hard being released by Arsenal as a youngster.
But he feels the experience helped him realise what he had to do to make it as a professional.
"It was hard – I had been at Arsenal for 10-years and it was all I knew," he continued.
"But leaving there helped me to open my eyes and realise, this can all go so quick.
"One of the best things I did was going non-league because a lot of players get wrapped up in a bubble of playing under-23s football.
"But it’s not realistic. In non-league, you’ll get fouled 10 times and the ref will only give you one or two.
"It toughened me up. Everyone’s pathway is different but mine has been good for me."