Sean Maguire marked an incredible couple of years to make his Ireland debut against Moldova.
It was a far cry from his struggles at West Ham and eventually Dundalk but the Kilkenny native recovered his career under John Cauldfield at Cork City.
Maguire earned a move to Preston in January and has taken to the Championship like a duck to water.
Maguire’s hard work has been music to Irish fans’ ears and the Boys in Green gained two youthful strikers in Maguire and Scott Hogan after many promising attackers flew off the radar.
There are, however, some strikers who, like Maguire, have faded from potential but are capable of turning their careers around.
The League of Ireland has benefited players like Maguire and Richie Towell who both returned from the UK and the following could be the next to rebuild from the ever-improving League.
Sam Byrne (Everton)
Former Manchester United striker Byrne signed a new one-year contract with the Toffees following a torrid time with injury.
Brother of Leinster rugby winger Adam, Byrne showed real promise at Premier League u-23 level and various underage levels for Ireland.
A year younger than Maguire but potentially the more talented long term, a move home could benefit the Kildare man.
Eoghan Stokes (Leeds United)
Stokes is highly rated at Leeds but at 22 is still without a league appearance. Made his first-team debut in the league cup but is struggling to make the breakthrough despite being prolific at underage level.
The Dubliner is an instinctive attacker capable of playing in the number 10 role and like Byrne, has bags of talent.
Mikey Drennan (Evergreen FC)
Drennan is back in his hometown of Kilkenny where he saw his side reach the FAI Junior Cup final.
Like his county man Maguire, Drennan returned home from Aston Villa after a promising youth career, signing for Shamrock Rovers.
He took a step back from the game but has the potential to return to a bigger stage at only 23.
Nick Menezes, Pundit Arena