Paddy Jackson has surely cemented his spot as Jonathan Sexton's back-up if injury should hit Ireland's premier fly-half this autumn.
Jackson made an inconspicuous start to his Ireland career when he was thrown in at the deep end by under-fire Declan Kidney in the Six Nations earlier this year.
Sexton's injury woes led the former Ireland boss to turn to the young Ulster fly-half as veteran Ronan O'Gara struggled to find any sort of form in a green shirt.
The 21-year-old made his full debut in a 10-8 loss to Scotland which rubber-stamped the end of his country's hopes of challenging for the Six Nations championship.
With a lack of kicking practice in the weeks leading up to his Ireland bow, it was no surprise that the Ulsterman struggled to find range in that first game - and subsequent appearances.
While Racing Metro's Sexton was the starting No10 for the British and Irish Lions during their triumphant tour of Australia, Jackson has quietly been progressing.
Who are his rivals - aside from Sexton? Well there is Leinster's Ian Madigan and Munster number 10 Ian Keatley.
Jackson's start to the season has been encouraging and the out-half capped promising signs of progress with a stellar performance in a 18-12 victory over Ospreys in Swansea.
He kicked six out of six to help Ulster come from behind in Wales in a starring display, reading the game well, showing astute distribution, whilst having good defence, too.
Question marks remain over his composure for the key kicks but that is something which can be improved on with experience and maturity.
There is certainly a strong case to say Jackson is now Ireland's second-choice fly-half should Sexton succumb to injury at any point during the November Guinness Test series.