JOSH Scowen says he's living in a dream world after signing a new contract with Wycombe Wanderers this week.
The 19-year-old has been handed a new deal that will keep him at Adams Park until summer 2015 after impressing with a series of all-action displays in midfield.
Just two months ago he was on loan at Conference South side Eastbourne Borough, having made one further substitute appearance after making his professional bow in April 2011.
But since Gareth Ainsworth has taken control of first team affairs he's not missed a minute of first team action and scored the winner against Torquay United last month.
Scowen signed a new contract on Monday and admitted he was still pinching himself at the turnaround his career's had.
He said: "When I was at Eastbourne I was just trying to stay fit but hoping for the call back. When Gaz called me back I was still in a bit of a dream world.
"It's a big turnaround from playing Conference South to League Two football. There's a big difference.
"Knowing Gaz is going to be manager has helped because he's given me a chance. Under him I've got a good chance of staying in the team and hopefully I can repay him with my performances on the pitch.
"I'm loving life at the moment. We've still got a few injuries to come back - once everyone's back we'll start pushing up the table sooner rather than later."
Ainsworth said: "One of the first things I did was recall him from his loan because I know what Josh can give. To say he's my type of player is an understatement - he's all action and getting stuck in in that midfield.
"He's put down a benchmark now - if you come in and take your chance, you will be rewarded.
"Don [Woodward, chairman] and the Trust have been fantastic in backing him and saying, 'You've done brilliantly for us, here's your reward'."