GARY Roberts admitted the last few days have been "a bit of a blur."
On Monday, he was an Accrington Stanley hitman preparing for a Johnstone's Paint Trophy clash with Carlisle the following night with the Reds.
By Tuesday, he was travelling to Ipswich, signing a three-month loan deal and coming on as a sub for the last 11 minutes against Preston in the Championship - and his trickery and skills impressed.
"It has been a blur and a big rush," said the 22-year-old.
"I was training with Accrington on Monday and heard the news in the afternoon of the Ipswich interest.
"I had heard clubs had been watching me but I never expected anything to happen so fast.
"I got straight into a car to be driven to Suffolk.
"It was weird meeting my new team-mates and putting on an Ipswich shirt but it was great to get on. There were nerves before but they disappeared once I got on the pitch and I think I did okay.
"I took a step backwards to take one forward by moving out of the Football League.
"Now I have a big chance and I want to make the most of it."
A former trainee at Liverpool, Stanley picked Roberts up from Welshpool after he had played two games at Crewe and gone onto Rhyl and Bangor.
He signed in March 2005 for the Reds, playing second fiddle to Rory Prendergast before the winger moved onto Blackpool.
And then he made the position his own in Stanley's Conference winning season, scoring 13 goals and making a name for himself especially in front of the Sky cameras - a Saturday lunch-time kick off at Grays and a Monday night at Exeter springing to mind.
"It was my aim to win a hat-trick of Man of the Match champagne's on Sky for Accrington!" he said. He also won a call-up to the England National XI side, fulfilling another of his dreams.
Clubs started to take notice and Yeovil made a £50,000 bid in the summer only for Stanley to turn it down.
"I did want to go to Yeovil at the time because I wanted to play at a higher level but it didn't happen and I just got my head down and worked hard," he said.
And he hasn't looked back this season. Despite an indifferent start by the Reds, they soon found their feet in League Two and Stanley boss John Coleman moved him up front alongside Paul Mullin.
The new look strike partnership played their first game against Wrexham in September and since then the wideman has been banging in the goals - eight in 14 starts this season - and Stanley have been on a seven game unbeaten league run.
Ipswich, Barnsley, Wolves and Burnley were all keeping tabs on him but the Tractorboys took the gamble - and now it is up to him.
"Accrington is a great club and I have a lot of special memories," said Roberts.
"I was made-up to win promotion to the League last season and I have really enjoyed this season in League Two. I would like to thank everyone at the club for everything. The fans have been great and there is a great team spirit at Accrington.
"But now I have a chance at Ipswich and I would love to make the move permanent - but that is up to the Ipswich gaffer.
"Everything about the club - the fans, ground and training facilities are all out-of-the-world."
While his Accrington team-mates are plotting the downfall of league leaders Walsall tomorrow, Roberts is preparing for a trip to relegation-haunted Southend as 17th place Ipswich look to move up the Championship table.
He can't wait for his first Championship start and first goal for Ipswich - but Accrington will still be high up in his priorities. "I will be looking for Accrington's score first and keeping in touch with the lads," he said.