New Bournemouth signing Tyrone Mings says the chance to work with manager Eddie Howe was key to him agreeing a move to the Premier League club.
Defender Mings, 22, has joined the Cherries from Ipswich for a reported £8m on a four-year contract.
It comes less than three years after he almost quit the game before signing for the Championship club from non-league Chippenham Town for just £10,000.
"The manager had a big impact on my decision to come down here," he said.
"He is probably one of the most exciting young English managers.
|Tyrone Mings's unorthodox journey to the Premier League|
|Released at 16 by Southampton in 2009 when the club's youth budget was slashed during administration|
|Spent two years at Millfield School, Somerset on a football scholarship after leaving the Saints|
|Spells in non-league with Yate and Chippenham followed while he juggled part-time work as a mortgage advisor|
|Picked up by Ipswich in 2012 after impressing manager Mick McCarthy in a trial match|
|Became noted for his acts of kindness off the field such as organising tickets for a fan who was short of money, volunteering at a homeless shelter on Christmas Day and paying off his mum's debts|
"To come and work for him and learn new ideas and different aspects of the game, positionally and tactically, I think is really going to benefit me and my game. I think it will bring me on a long way."
Mings began his career as a trainee with Southampton before being released as a 16-year-old.
Spells in non-league with Yate Town and Chippenham Town followed for the Bath-born left-back, but six months before Mick McCarthy took him to Portman Road in 2012, he was considering a career change as a mortgage advisor.
He went on to make 44 appearances for Ipswich last season as the Tractor Boys reached the play-off semi-finals, but is preparing for a new tactical approach once he starts his Bournemouth career.
"The manager said it will probably be a bit of a culture shock at first, but I'm looking forward to it," he added.
"What I'm used to at Ipswich wasn't as easy on the eye I guess, but it worked well for us last season."