Rhys Jordan could be a future captain of Guernsey FC, if he can stay fit, according to manager Tony Vance.
The former Bristol City youngster and New Zealand youth international missed almost all of last season after a serious knee injury last September.
"I really hope he sticks at it, because he could be a future captain," Vance told BBC Radio Guernsey.
"He's 21 and we could have eight or nine years of him being the mainstay of that central midfield, he's that good."
Guernsey-born Jordan grew up in New Zealand and represented the country at the 2011 Under-17 World Cup in Mexico.
He went on to play for Guernsey FC in the Combined Counties League in 2012, prior to joining Bristol City.
But he only scored once and made just two starts and three substitute appearances before seriously injuring his knee ligaments last September away at Corinthian Casuals.
"He's too good a player not to be playing," added Vance. "People haven't seen the best of Rhys Jordan we've only seen it in flashes.
"He needs a consistent run, he needs to be injury free, he needs to be motivated and he should be the future for us."