Henry Cameron said it was “a dream come true” to score his first Blackpool goal, just months after he considered quitting football.
The winger’s second-half strike at Ipswich on Saturday made it 2-2 only for Christophe Berra to score a late winner for the home side at Portman Road.
Seventeen-year-old Cameron, who has signed an 18-month professional contract at Bloomfield Road, has played for the club since he was nine and was handed a first-team chance by manager Lee Clark in January.
Until then the teenager was having doubts about his future.
He revealed: “At the start of the season my head was down and at one point I wanted to quit football.
“But I was in the squad for the FA Cup tie at Aston Villa in the New Year and since then things have just taken off.
“I thought I should have been doing better than I was and I just felt I didn’t want to do this for a living.
“I had to pick myself back up and play well for the youth team, and that’s given me a chance with the first team.
“Things have changed quickly and I’m delighted with the way it’s going.”
Cameron enjoyed his seventh senior appearance on Saturday, when boss Clark’s faith in him was rewarded – the winger created Andrea Orlandi’s opening goal before bagging one himself.
A delighted Cameron added: “It’s just a dream come true. I didn’t know what to do when I scored. It was crazy.
“It’s all just a blur. Gary Madine did well to get the ball across and I just gambled on it. The first thing I did was say thanks to Gary.”
It was Cameron’s first game for six weeks, having missed seven games with an ankle injury picked up against Wigan.
And he admits Saturday’s recall to the starting 11 came as a surprise.
“I had my first training session on Thursday and everyone was telling me to take it easy, but I hadn’t trained for six weeks so I just went for it,” he said.
“I trained for two days and then was told on Saturday morning I’d be starting. I wasn’t even expecting to be in the squad.
“I just want to help the team get a few good results before the end of the season and push on for next season.”