Millwall striker George Alexander could not hide his delight after following in his father's footsteps in making his Lions debut at Wigan Athletic on Sunday afternoon.
The Lions finished their 2018/19 Sky Bet Championship campaign with a 1-0 loss at the DW Stadium, with Alexander replacing Lee Gregory for the final 23 minutes of the meeting, with fellow youth team player Billy Mitchell also being granted a first senior appearance, coming on for Shaun Williams in the 78th minute.
Speaking to millwallfc.co.uk after the game, Alexander - son of former Lions legend Gary - told of a "dream come true," and also revealed what manager Neil Harris told him prior to his inclusion on the bench in the final two matches of the campaign.
"I'm buzzing to receive my first team debut. I've been at the club for nearly 12 years now, so it's a dream come true," he said.
"The gaffer believed in me, and Bill [Mitchell], Jess [Debrah] and Dan [McNamara], putting us all on the bench, so it's great to be a part of it, for me and my family.
"The manager told me that I'd be a part of things for the last couple of games, that I'd worked hard and done what I'd needed to do, and it was now my time to show the fans and the club what I've got and what I can do in the future.
"I found it tough moving from the Under 18s to the Under 23s, but I started scoring late on for the 23s after starting off flying with the 18s. I was in and around training with the first team since January, and it's just been full of positives ever since.
"I hope to see myself at Millwall in years to come, working hard. Earning a new contract, as well as making my debut, was a big achievement for me, but I hope to keep learning in the Under 23s.
"My Dad couldn't be at Wigan, but my Mum, sister and brother were. Everyone is buzzing for me to be in the first team. They're all Millwall supporters and so am I - I've been coming to The Den since I was seven. I was in the stands, and now to be playing - it's massive for me."