Peterborough United striker Aaron Williams is enjoying "more time on the ball" having returned to the Football League with the League One club.
The 22-year-old spent time at Telford and Nuneaton before Posh signed him during the January transfer window.
"Non-league football turns you into a man," Williams told BBC Radio Cambridgeshire.
"You come up against defenders who have worked all week and all they want to do is kick you!"
Williams, who began his career with Walsall, has scored two goals in his last three games for Peterborough.
"You know you're not going to get kicked, you know you've got a little extra time, and that was an improvement for me because I like to pick a pass and get half a yard to shoot," he added.
"Being at Nuneaton helped me a lot with my fitness but it's nothing compared to the training here.
"The tempo they play - I was blowing, shall we say - but now I'm finding my feet."