If you were to tell Sydney Shire kid Nicolas Olsen six months ago that he would be the first Australian to venture to the gulf nation of Kuwait to play professionally, he'd say you were pulling his leg.
Olsen joined Sutherland Sharks as a teenager, his early years cultivating his career started in his own backyard. At just 16, Olsen made his debut for the senior team and it was here he says he began his learning curve.
"All credit goes to my coach at Sutherland Sharks, Robbie Stanton," said Olsen.
"He saw something in me and took a chance on me that I could perform with the older boys and start in the first team,
"I learnt a lot very fast, it ultimately developed me as a player and as a person and not many get that kind of opportunity these days."
After impressing in his debut seasons in the NPL, Olsen swapped the beaches for the burgeoning Parramatta streets, the genesis of his footballing odyssey. Olsen signed his first professional contract with the Western Sydney Wanderers in 2013.
The 23-year old earned his step up the footballing ladder and learnt some of his most important lessons from the professional outfit.
"(Joining the Wanderers) taught me the highs and lows of professional sport," said Olsen.
"(It) gave me an insight into the game I had never seen before. It ultimately gave me the start I needed in my professional career and gave me the drive to succeed."
Whilst Western Sydney Wanderers inaugural years were littered in glory, Olsen struggled to break his way into a first team that was receiving what felt like endless honours.
Jaushua Sotirio, Yianni Perkatis, Daniel Alessi and Jonathan Aspropotamitis are just some of the names from the Wanderers academy that the fans became accustomed to seeing. Olsen wasn't among those names.
The youngster found himself in an all too familiar position for young players. Should he leave the professional setup? Or head to a club that would give him the football he desperately needs?