YOUNG winger Brad Dockerty gave an honest reaction as his Rotherham United trial came to an end, revealing: "It's a lot harder than people think."
The 22-year-old was plucked out of non-league football by the Millers when he impressed against them for Bradford Park Avenue in a pre-season friendly.
But League One Rotherham decided against offering him a deal after he spent a week training with their first team and appeared in last Monday's workout against Newcastle United Under-23s.
"It's been good experience for the last week or so," he said. "I learned a lot about what’s needed to play at that level. It's a lot harder than people think."
Truck-driver Dockerty has been a top non-league performer for the last two seasons, scoring 40 goals and making 34 assists for Northern Counties East League Premier Division side Hemsworth MW to catch the eye of Park Avenue.
It was always going to be a huge challenge for him to step into a full-time professional regime after being used to training for only an hour a week.
The Millers, who believe the wide man has something to offer, will now circulate his name to clubs in the National League, which is one step below League Two.