Adnan Maric arrived at Swansea City Academy from his native Sweden in August 2014.
The midfielder soon cemented a place in the under-18s squad, while he helped the under-19s to two FAW Youth Cup victories.
He also played a major role in the under-23s' double-winning campaign of 2016-17 after being selected to represented Sweden at the Summer Olympics in Rio.
Maric made his Swans senior debut in an 8-1 FA Cup replay win over Notts County in February 2018 and, a few months later, was included in the pre-season tour of Germany and Austria.
Getting to know him . . .
Moving to a foreign country to further a career can be a difficult journey for anyone in any industry and at any time of life. For a teenager leaving his homeland to pursue a path in the uncertain world of football, it can be even more daunting.
Adnan Maric was that said teenager. Before his 18th birthday, the Swedish-born but Bosnian blooded midfielder said goodbye to his friends and family in Sweden in an effort to further his career in south west Wales.
“People think it is easy to just move to a new country and continue as a footballer,” he said. “But, in truth, it is very hard.
“You leave your old life behind – your friends, family, the places you grew up – and you start again, all for the sake of football and your career.
“The hardest part for me was moving here and not having my family around me. It can be a bit lonely at first, but as long as I am doing what I love, it helps balance it out.
“I had to grow up faster, which has helped me a lot with my football because I have matured quickly and have learned how to handle certain situations.
“When you love something so much, you do have to make sacrifices, and if it meant having to leave my old life behind then that is what I had to do.”
Adnan began his football journey with Gothenburg-based side Gunnilse IS before moving to Swedish second tier side GAIS in 2013, for whom he made his first-team debut at the tender age of 16.
Arriving in Swansea in 2014, Adnan graduated from a scholar to a full professional and played a significant part in last season’s Premier League 2 league and cup double despite missing eight weeks of the campaign with Myositis ossificans – a rare condition which saw a bone grow between his thigh muscle.