Chris Cusiter was tipped by Scotland coach Matt Williams as a potential British & Irish Lion for next summer's tour of New Zealand after an immense game against George Gregan in Saturday's Test against Australia.
But the 22-year-old from The Borders is focusing on nothing more than next November, when he gets the chance to build on the experiences of his first season in Test rugby by wreaking revenge on the Wallabies at Murrayfield.
Cusiter leap-frogged Mike Blair and Graeme Beveridge to fill the vaunted boots of retired captain Bryan Redpath after the World Cup and had a tough introduction to international rugby as Scotland took the RBS 6 Nations wooden spoon.
That experience could either injure or inspire a player and Cusiter, a member of the Scottish Institute of Sport, took on the challenge to emerge from Scotland's tour of Australia as one of the side's most impressive performers.
"I thought Chris Cusiter was absolutely outstanding, he was a colossus,'' Williams said after the second Test.
Gregan, the world's most capped scrum-half, was also hearty in praise of Cusiter, who scored Scotland's only try in the 34-13 defeat and many argue outplayed the 97-Test Australian veteran.
"There is a world of difference between eight caps and no caps,'' said Cusiter.
"I have been through a Six Nations campaign, I have been through a tough summer, played home and away, and the experience you get from that is hugely valuable.
"It is good to have experience of playing against guys like George and I think I am better for it.
"You have to play against the best in the world and playing Australia in their own back yard is a huge experience for us. We can take credit for the way we played, against a tough team, and come out with a few positives.
"There is a lot more hope for the future. We have come out here, played well against Samoa, improved against the Wallabies and we have got to have a good shot of them at home in November.
"We felt that in a lot of areas we had the beating of them but the scoreline did not show that so we are keen to get a result that will show we can win these games.
"I think we are better for the experience. I certainly am after these eight caps under my belt. We just need to learn to be clinical and finish the chances off but we have the makings of a good international back line.''