Exeter City manager Paul Tisdale has said he can see great potential in on-trial midfielder Callum McNish.
The 20-year-old was released by Southampton at the end of last season and Tisdale hopes he can capitalise.
"We can't always afford to sign the ready-made player; we have to sign one that's in the waiting," Tisdale told BBC Radio Devon.
McNish, who was part of the Southampton academy, made one substitute appearance for the club in April 2010.
"He's talented. He's fallen by the wayside at Southampton and, like a lot of young players, they don't always make it at the clubs they're at," added Tisdale.
The Exeter boss, who began his career at Southampton and spent six years at the Dell, says McNish has the potential to follow in the footsteps of a number of other players who have revived their career at St James Park.
"We've done it once or twice in the past - such as Jamie Mackie, Danny Woodards - and currently with James Dunne.
"I think we're a very good club to provide a stepping stone for those types of players.
"We're forever looking for that type of player because that's how we need to do our business at Exeter," added Tisdale.