A-League striker Kaine Sheppard says training at Leyton Orient with future Premier League superstar Harry Kane inspired his career on and off the park.
Before Kane became an England captain and a Premier League great with Spurs, the then-18-year-old went out on loan.
Kane joined fellow London club Orient in 2011.
In East London, Kane played regular senior football in League One as he fine-tuned his undoubted potential.
Orient remains a special club to Kane.
And it was Kane's professionalism and sheer belief that he could one day make it that stood out to a future A-League striker also in the red of Orient.
Also at that time in Orient’s set up was a teenager and future A-League striker, Kaine Sheppard.
From a small village near Northampton in England, but with a mum from Western Australia, Sheppard, a year younger than Kane, was on a two-year scholarship at Orient.
The Aussie with English blood was delighted when he heard Kane was joining the Os.
“I’d played against Harry Kane for Orient reserves when he was with Spurs reserves, then he [Kane] came across to Orient,” Sheppard said.
“He [Kane]was just confident in himself. Even in training, he was a top finisher, he was strong and always out there after training at Orient working hard.
And Kane has used his platform as a highly paid professional footballer to help others.
Sheppard has also been inspired to do good in society.
His older brother Jake back in England has autism, and with this in mind, Kaine set up a charity called the KS Foundation.
As part of his charity's work, Sheppard has helped children with autism be able to watch live football with their families.
At his most recent A-League club Newcastle Jets, Sheppard set up a sensory room at the club’s home stadium McDonald Jones.
It enables parents of children with autism and special needs to watch games together in a quieter setting, away from the noise of the crowd and lights of live football.
“Newcastle were really good about it. Hopefully, when they allow fans back into the A-League, we can have multiple sensory rooms in stadia across the A-League.
“I’ve had parents and mums crying telling me they are so happy.
"For some families, it was the first game they’ve been able to take their children to as a family.
“Everyone across the A-League, fans, administrators, have been awesome about it.”
Sheppard’s career since Orient hasn’t quite reached Kane’s heights.
The Melbourne-based striker remained in England after he was released from Orient.
He had spells in the Conference at clubs such as Braintree Town.
“You were playing against men, they’d kick you, throw you around and it was ruthless. It helped me grow up as an 18-year-old footballer.”