Chris Hughton says the experiences of Gary Doherty provide an example to other young players.
The Republic of Ireland international suspected his Spurs career was drawing to a close during the summer months and early season when a first team call appeared unlikely with speculation of a switch gathering pace.
It was a far cry from two seasons before when the former Luton player broke into the first team and looked set for an extended run. The major setback, of course, was the suffering of a broken leg in the Worthington Cup tie against Torquay early in season 2001-02 and he struggled to re-establish himself in the Premiership fold.
Now, following a string of superb performances at the centre of our defence, Gary's future has been secured with the signing of a new contract and the first team coach says the award is a credit to the application of the 23-year-old.
"It is down to him and the way he has applied himself over the last two or three years," said Chris. "It is also good for other younger players to see that it is not an easy ride, there are downs that go with the highs.
"There have been periods of time where Gary must have thought he wasn't getting the games he would like and, possibly, that his future might not be at the club. Doubts like that go through the minds of all young players at some stage because they are emotional characters and they all want to play.
"Gary has worked ever so hard and, if I looked at this season, he came in four five different games, as such, and did well in all of them. He then got the run in the side and has done well to bounce back from the Leicester game that he would admit wasn't one of his better ones.
"Anthony Gardner is now coming on to the level of consistency that comes with being in the team for the length of time he has over the last couple of seasons. Gary will come on to that too the more he plays."