Never in his wildest dreams did young gun Cammy Kerr think he’d get to don the famous dark blue shirt.
But last week those dreams became a reality as the 17-year-old made his senior Dundee debut in the 5-1 friendly win over Montrose.
That promising 45 minutes was again followed up by a solid second-half showing in the weekend’s 1-0 win over Forfar.
And Kerr, a former Dens Park season ticket holder, admits he’s had to pinch himself looking around the Dark Blues dressing-room.
He’s living the dream of every born and bred Dundonian, of dark blue persuasion anyway, and he’s loving every minute.
“Being a Dundee fan, this summer has meant a lot to me,” said the right-back.
“Playing for the first team has been a dream since I was small.
“For years now I’ve been coming to Dens as a season ticket holder it’s just weird I’m now in and around the first team.
“It’s something you dream of but you’re never sure it’s going to become reality.
“For me it has and I feel privileged.
“My aim is to make sure I do the shirt, the fans, the manager and the club proud every time I go out on the field.
“I know what it means to play for this club.”
He added: “People think it’s going to be hard coming to play football at such a high level.
“But the one thing that’s been great about it has been the togetherness in the squad.
“It’s been so easy for me to integrate because of the boys in the dressing-room.
“To get the chance to even be on the field with someone like Gavin Rae has been great.
“Bomber and the coaching staff have also been a help.”
Two eye-catching performances in pre-season to date definitely seem to have got the manager thinking.
But Kerr is under no illusions at the size of the task that lies ahead of him.
And having made his senior non-competitive bow, he’s just desperate to get the chance to do it for real when the season kicks off in earnest on July 27 at Alloa Athletic.
He said: “Hopefully, I’ll get my chance.
“A few players have moved on and we’ve dropped a division, so people think I might get a chance to play.
“But I just need to keep my head down.
“If I keep working away I’m sure my chance will come.
“It’s important I don’t take anything for granted this is a fantastic opportunity for me.
“Not only is this a massive time personally, it’s a big time for the club.
“We need to show everyone we can bounce straight back.
“Getting relegated was obviously what everyone wanted to avoid last season but it happened and we all have to face up to that.
“This season is about making sure we get back where we belong.”
Kerr’s debut might have been a long-awaited dream realised but he admits it came in less than ideal circumstances.
Although the small fact that none of his family were there to witness it at Links Park, or again Station Park, hardly took the shine of it.
He said: “My family always make sure they watch me in games but you would never believe they have been away on holiday.
“They have actually managed to miss it which is a shame.
“I missed out on my SPL bow at Hibs on the last day of the season.
“It’s our aim, as players, to makes sure we are all there in the top flight come 2014/15.”