Killian Brennan says the only regret he has from his career was not going to England at an earlier age, but it's not something the Drogheda man dwells on.
The 35-year-old wrapped up a stellar League of Ireland journey last winter having sprinkled his magic on several clubs over 15 years.
Brennan won trophies with Bohs, Derry City and St Pat's - where he finished his career - and was renowned as one of the league's most talented and silky footballers.
He's still playing with his local amateur side Boyne Harps in the Meath and District League, and insists there's little he'd change in a colourful career.
"I've three league medals, and I've lost two on the last day of the season," he told the RTÉ Soccer Podcast.
"People always ask me how many medals I have but when I'm asked I always think, 'I could have had more'. I should have more medals to be fair.
"I lost two on the last day of the season, one with Derry when we were going for a treble and Shels pipped us. Then with Bohs in 2010 Shamrock Rovers pipped us on goal difference. They're hard ones to take. But I'd a fantastic career, I enjoyed every minute of it."
Brennan was inundated with offers to go across the water when he was 13 but he held off from doing so until a couple of years later, when he eventually headed for Peterborough United.
"I didn't really want to go to England," he added.
"I left because I hit third year in school and said, 'what am I doing with my life?' It was probably an easy way out. I had two options on the table. Peterborough was one and Leicester was the other. I went for Peterborough. But I'd have had 10, 20 clubs in for me a year earlier. That's probably the only thing I regret.
"Something that's for you won't pass you though. I've had a fantastic career in the League of Ireland. I'm quite proud of that. I'm happy where I am."
Brennan was player rival fans loved to hate and he was never one to shy away from that.
He admits he actually thrived on it, using the stick he'd take to lift his performances to another level.
"It did drive me. There's other players it wouldn't drive, they'd go under the covers, but I revelled in it. I took heart in it. I didn't go out on the pitch to antagonise anyone.
"I was reacting to it. I used to buzz off it. Last year I was warming up on the sideline in Inchicore down by the Shamrock Rovers fans. I was pelted with everything and went on to have the last say by scoring a penalty. I enjoyed that one."
A naturally gifted operator with a wand of a left foot, Brennan had a maverick quality that earned him the respect of opponents and team-mates alike. But he didn't hesitate when asked to name the best player he played with.
"Paddy McCourt," he said. "Amazing ability."