Albert Adomah is feeling his age at Nottingham Forest amid fierce competition for places.
The Ghana international arrived at the City Ground over the summer as a free agent.
He brought with him useful promotion-winning experience.
Adomah has pieced together a Championship puzzle on two previous occasions, with Middlesbrough and Aston Villa.
That was a major tick in the box when opening talks.
His age was never a factor.
That is because he is only 31 and will not celebrate his next birthday until December 13.
There is still plenty left in the tank.
Adomah is, however, prepared to accept that he is the old man of the battle for starting berths on the flanks.
He has said in the Nottingham Post: “It’s healthy competition in the squad and it keeps everyone on their toes.
“Myself, I’ve got [Joe] Lolley, I’ve got Cashy [Matty Cash], I’ve got Sammy [Ameobi] – all younger than me!
“I have to produce something to play, but it’s all good competition.”
Adomah has discovered how intense that scrap for spots is going to be of late.
He was thrust straight into Sabri Lamouchi’s starting XI.
Tweaks have been made, though, over the course of the past week, with changes introduced against Birmingham and Charlton.
Sammy Ameobi, after some lively cameos, was given the nod from the off.
That was made to look like an inspired call against the Blues, but rather less so versus the Addicks.
At The Valley, Adomah was required to deliver a rescue mission off the bench.
His clinical finish, which was crashed into the back of the net, offered a timely reminder of his value to the cause.
Account opened with the hope being that there will be many more to come.
In order to make the full impact expected of him, Adomah will need to start more games than he fills the bench.
His experience and consistency from down the years should weigh heavy in his favour.
There is little chance of him edging Lolley down the pecking order, but two wideman operate on different flanks.
Nailing down a spot on the right is the priority.
And a role there is up for grabs.
Cash, having been bumped up the field from right-back, rather fluffed his lines against Charlton in a supposedly favoured post.
Ameobi took a step backwards as well and may have to make peace with a super-sub standing.
Adomah has, aside from finding the target in midweek, done little to make a shirt his own.
In many ways he is, like many more around him, still adjusting to new surroundings.
Age, though, could end up working in his favour, rather than against him, as Forest look for tried and tested to light the fuse in 2019-20.