Despite having played just four senior games in the Football League, Alex Lynch has experienced a fair bit.
Lynch, 21, who joined Chester FC from Welsh Premier League side Bala Town last week subject to international clearance, has already played in a play-off final at Wembley and an FA Cup fourth round clash with Premier League opposition.
The Holyhead-born former Wales under-17 stopper was thrown in at the deep end at former club Wycombe Wanderers in 2015, deputising for the injured Matt Ingram for the play-off semi-finals and Wembley play-off final, where he and his Chairboys teammates were defeated by Southend United on penalties.
An FA Cup appearance against Aston Villa followed at the beginning of 2016 but a torn quad muscle towards the end of the season put paid to his hopes of a new deal and building on his start at the club and Lynch was left to find pastures new.
Said Lynch: "Matty (Ingram) got sold in January and I got my chance but I tore my quad and that was it, I was out until after the end of the season. It didn't work out too well.
"I'm thankful I can get back into the game properly and get going again. It has been tough over the summer not knowing your future.
"Bala brought me in for a few games and I managed to get back into the swing of things and get a bit of form going."
Lynch, who is still awaiting the necessary clearance, began his career at Peterborough United after being spotted as a youngster at Welsh Alliance side Amlwch Town.
He joined Wycombe in 2014 and has spent loan spells at Histon, Stamford, Brackley Town, Hayes & Yeading, Burnham and Wealdstone in his career.
And Lynch, who has been brought in to provide competition for loan stopper Liam Roberts, is now just happy to be back in football and is determined to make the most of his opportunity.
"I'm delighted to get it done and thankful for the opportunity of getting back to this level of football and I'm looking forward to it," said Lynch.
"I am young enough and learning and games are the best way to learn. Everyone seems like a great bunch of lads and feel very welcome here."