GOAL ace Chiedozie Ogbene has spoken of his joy at putting his Rotherham United injury hell behind him to star on the international stage.
This time last year, the flying winger was laid low by a knee problem that kept him out of action for his club for six months.
Now, he is playing a leading role in the Millers' push for League One promotion and also winning rave reviews for his performances for the Republic of Ireland.
The 24-year-old has started twice for his country in the last week and scored for the second time in his last three international outings in last night's 3-0 win in Luxembourg.
"Good things are happening to me right now," he said. "I believe in my ability in the same way the (Republic) coaches believe in me.
“I didn’t expect to be scoring. I just wanted to be the best I could be for the team and to give my all. I am happy to be getting goals for my effort.
“In 12 months, my career has really taken a drastic change. To experience football at this high level, it’s joyful for me. I am really enjoying myself."
Ogbene, whose first goal Ireland goal came in a 3-0 victory over Azerbaijan last month, was on target against Luxembourg as the Republic wrapped up their World Cup 2022 qualifying campaign in style.
His two international strikes mean he has scored more times for his country than his club!
The Nigerian-born attacker, who grew up in Cork, played against Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal in a 0-0 qualifying draw in Dublin last Thursday.
Having won his first international call-up in June, he now has five caps.
He will return to training with third-placed Rotherham this week to prepare for Saturday's visit of Cambridge United.
The Republic missed out on a World Cup place, paying the price for a poor start to their qualifying campaign before Ogbene became part of their set-up.