Jamie Finn believes receiving her first Republic of Ireland senior call-up has been the culmination of a lot of hard work.
The Shelbourne defender was included by manager Vera Pauw for the upcoming Euro 2021 qualifier with Greece after helping the north Dublin club to a second-placed finish behind Peamount United.
Her performances this season saw her awarded the Só Hotels Women's National League Player of the Month Award for May.
She previously played underage soccer for her country, an undoubted highlight of which was her captaining the Under-17s in the European Championships in Iceland in 2015.
Speaking to RTÉ Sport's Tony O'Donoghue about her time so far in camp, Finn says: "it's been great, all the girls are lovely.
"It's an honour to play for your country. I've been around the underage squads so I know what it feels like to play.
"We all got e-mails about the call-up. It was a long wait then, a week later, to come in. The girls are welcoming.
"It's always a step-up to go to seniors, and I've always wished to get that call."
The Girls in Green have made an encouraging start to their campaign, picking up six points from their opening two games, including a victory over second seeds Ukraine in Dublin last month.
Germany already look set to run away with Group I, but a second-placed finish could be good enough for one of the best runners-up automatic qualification spots.
If they were to do so, it would be a first appearance at a major championships for the Irish women's team, and Finn accepts that it's hard to break into a winning team.
"It's going to be difficult, but I'm just going to take it day by day," she says.
"The girls played great (against Ukraine), and the crowd pushed them on a bit. It was great to see them all there.
"It's great to have someone like Vera Pauw coming in with her experience and coaching us. I think it can work going forward."
Wexford Youths forward Rianna Jarrett played a starring role in the victory against Ukraine at Tallaght Stadium, scoring a goal and setting up the other two.
Finn says it's encouraging to see someone from the National League doing so well for the national side, and is only too aware that Pauw and her assistant manager Eileen Gleeson get to games around the country.
"Both of them are working way on seeing the games (in the league), and you'd see Eileen at the games as well.
"It's good. If the players are there, and they're good enough to play, they can get their chance."