AS a kid I dreamt of playing for Exeter City but I never imagined I might one day have my own column in the Echo.
If it's come as a shock to me then it'll be an even bigger one to my old English teacher at Isca College!
No matter, I'll do my best to give you a taste of what it's like to be an Exeter lad playing for his hometown team, as well as a few funny stories from the Cat & Fiddle – not all of them involving John O'Flynn.
Our home form wasn't good enough last year so it was great to beat Bristol Rovers at the Park on Saturday. I thought we played pretty well though, in all honesty, they weren't as good as I expected them to be.
Sam Parkin, who got our winner, is going to be a top player for us this season. He's barely put a foot wrong since he arrived at the club, though if he'd taken my advice and used some sun cream when a few of us went to the beach at Exmouth last month he might not have had to sit out the QPR friendly!
Another debutant David Wheeler had a good game too. David's something we haven't had for a few years now – a proper winger. He's strong, quick, will get up and down the line all game and his movement is good, which is a big thing for Tis.
Another good thing about Saturday was the crowd, who were quality – especially the Siege Army boys on the Big Bank. I'm not sure how many of them there are but they certainly make a lot of noise, as does Steve Perryman in the old grandstand.
I can't help but laugh to myself when I'm over on that side of the pitch and hear Stevie P leading the singing!
We went into Tuesday night's game against QPR full of confidence but unfortunately it wasn't to be.
If it had been us rather than them who'd nicked an early goal courtesy of a deflection then maybe it could have been a different story.
Their side was packed with top players and on the whole I thought we did pretty well, especially in the final half hour when, with just a little more luck, we might have grabbed a goal. On a personal level, I was delighted to get the man-of-the-match award though, clearly, I'd far rather have been on the winning side.
After so long out, it's great to be back playing again and I'm pretty pleased with my performances so far, but there's plenty more to come.
It was really frustrating to miss the end of last season. If we'd gone on to get promoted then I could have lived with it but watching from the sidelines, powerless to help as the play-offs slipped from our grasp, was desperate.
I don't know what difference I would have made, but I'd like to think that I could have done something.
I'd had a few problems with my ankle before I broke it back in December but it's 100 per cent now.
Our physio Andy Proctor has been absolutely brilliant and I can't thank him enough.
The programme he gave me to follow over the summer was really hard – I rang him more than once to say 'I can't do this' – but he convinced me to stick with it and I'm reaping the rewards now.
I'm delighted Tis is still here. Back along, when all the talk was that he might go to Swindon, I was thinking how strange that would be for me – he gave me my debut at 17 and is the only manager I've ever played under.
While I don't really have anyone else to compare him with, I've no doubt he's a top manager – I think anyone can see that. It's a bit different for me this year in that we've got a really young squad and at 23 I'm almost one of the senior pros, but I'm enjoying the extra responsibility.
I remember when I first broke into the side I was pretty nervous and the support and encouragement I got from the likes of Matt Gill and Rob Edwards was huge. Then, when Matty went to Norwich, he was quoted in the Echo as saying I was more than capable of filling his boots. You can't begin to imagine what a boost to my confidence that was.
I do my best to offer the young lads a bit of encouragement and never get on their backs if they make a mistake. We all make 'em and the last thing you need is all your team-mates moaning at you. Fortunately there's very little of that at this club.
We travel to Mansfield on Saturday confident we can get a result.
They've lost their opening two games without scoring a goal so all the pressure will be heaped on them, and if we can produce the same kind of performance as we did against Bristol Rovers then there's no reason why we shouldn't get another three points.
In the meantime, I'll be keeping a very close eye on the rest of the boys, ready to let you know about any nonsense in next week's column!