Graham Fyfe was let go by Cheltenham Town for being too small, but the former Celtic youngster has been a big hit Down Under.
The 5ft 6in left midfielder arrived at Whaddon Road in the summer of 2003 through a link between his agent and then Robins boss Bobby Gould’s son Jonathan.
Fyfe had finished the previous season at Raith Rovers, who he helped win the Scottish League Division Two title.
He had progressed through the youth ranks at Celtic Park, having the pleasure of training alongside the likes of Henrik Larsson, Chris Sutton and Paul Lambert.
He was in the same youth team as Shaun Maloney, Mark Fotheringham and Stephen McManus, who all went on to enjoy successful careers at the top level.
“I spoke to Bobby Gould and loved his attacking mindset, so I decided to go down to Cheltenham for a trial,” Fyfe said.
“I was successful and signed as soon as I was asked.”
Fyfe made his Robins debut in a 2-1 League Cup defeat by QPR at Whaddon Road, playing on the left with full-back Jamie Victory behind him.
He made a total of 16 League Two starts and seven substitute appearances over two seasons, but he fell out of favour following the resignation of Gould.
“The lads and the staff when I first signed were brilliant and I thought I’d made a great move,” he said.
“I started well and was really enjoying my football.
“Then the manager left, a caretaker boss (Bob Bloomer) came in and things went down hill pretty fast.
“For whatever reason he didn’t like the way I played and I was dropped, which was hard to take at the age I was (20) and being away from friends and family.
“However, now being older and a wee bit wiser, I should have handled it differently.”
Fyfe was given some more opportunities by Gould’s successor John Ward later on in the 2003/04 campaign.
But he was eventually told he was not up to the physical challenge of League Two and released in the summer of 2005.
He made just one start during 2004/05, which was the 2-0 opening day victory at Southend United.
“When the new manager came in, it started okay,” he said.
“I was getting back into it, but I had a few setbacks including a broken arm and a knee injury.
“I started to not take football as seriously as I should have done and didn’t get back to the level I know I could have.
“So it started great and then nose-dived, but when I did play I loved it and I think that’s why I hated it so much when I didn’t get to play.”
After moving south, Fyfe was initially in digs with a family in Cheltenham before moving into a town centre flat with his girlfriend.
During his second year with the Robins, he lodged in Tewkesbury with Robins team mate Luke Corbett.
“I loved the area, the fans and the people I met,” he said.
Among his highlights on the pitch were a thrilling 4-3 home victory over Northampton Town.
“I remember it was a night game and the atmosphere was brilliant,” he said.
“We played attacking, exciting football and to win 4-3 is always great.”
As well as some entertaining performances on the pitch, Fyfe said vastly experienced boss Gould regularly amused the players off it.
“Bobby seemed to love picking a fight with the biggest players and I’ll always laugh thinking about when Big Damo (Damian Spencer) swung for him!” he said.
“I ended up working under Bobby again when I moved and played in New Zealand. The guy is a legend and a great man with an amazing family.”
As well as current Robins boss Michael Duff, Fyfe regards Spencer, Mark Yates, Bob Taylor, Martin Devaney and Kayode Odejayi as some of the best he played alongside at Cheltenham, but two stand out for him. .
“The best for me were Grant McCann and the skipper John Finnigan,” he said.
“Every training session and every game they stood out and they were great players and great people too.
“I wished I’d played more games with them.”
Fyfe had a trial with home city club Dundee after leaving Cheltenham, but he quickly decided he needed a major change of scenery.
“I had to get away and find myself again,” he said. “I played in New Zealand for Hawke’s Bay United for four seasons and that’s where I started my coaching career.”
Fyfe worked with the academy youngsters and also coached in schools.
“I found my love for football again and will be forever grateful to everyone I met in NZ, especially to Bobby and his son Jonathan,” he said.
Fyfe then moved to his current home city of Brisbane, Australia and spent 10 years playing for Redlands United, where he was named Brisbane Premier League Player of the Year and Golden Boot winner with 29 goals in 2012.
“I continued coaching and became junior, then senior technical director there,” he said.
“I also started my own small group coaching business to help players technically and grow their confidence.
“I called it Fyfey’s Football Coaching and it took me a while to think of that name!”
Last season saw Fyfe, who also enjoyed a successful spell playing for Rochedale Rovers, pass his A Licence qualification and he has started coaching at A-League club Brisbane Roar, where he is Under-18s head coach.
“For the last part of this season just gone I was given the opportunity to assist with the first team, which was great,” he said.
“I am still playing a bit at almost 38 years old, but coaching is my priority now.
“I have had a few coaches in my career and have taken all the best parts and I am continually trying to be the best coach I can to help as many players as I can.”
Fyfe is married to Lizzie and they have a daughter aged seven and a four-year old boy.
He has not been back to Whaddon Road since leaving Cheltenham, but he plans to return one day.
“I do regret not being able to get back there, but life has got in the way I guess,” he said.
“I keep in touch with some of the lads and the family I lived with when I first moved there.
“I’d love to go back and will, once travel is back to normal.
“I would love to coach back in the UK one day, so you never know.”
Despite being more than 10,000 miles away, Fyfe still keeps close tabs on Cheltenham’s results.
“I always want them to win and I wish the club every success,” he said.
“They have a top guy and player in charge now, so if they give him time I have no doubt success will come.”