Max Nagy admits he takes plenty of stick from fellow Ospreys George North and Stephen Myler, but at least they no longer look down on him.
At 6ft 4in, the rangy full back is the same height as North and five inches taller than Myler, his teammates at the region.
But prior to re-uniting this season, Nagy was just a small kid seeking autographs at Franklin’s Gardens when the three of them were last together.
That was eight years ago, when Wales wing North, 30, was powering down the wing for the Saints and Myler – still going strong at 37 - was pulling the strings at outside-half.
On Saturday evening, Nagy is set to face Cardiff in the United Rugby Championship Welsh derby at the Arms Park, a return fixture to the one in which he made his regional debut and a match that is live on S4C.
Nagy was a 16-year-old, hoping to make the grade with the Northampton academy when he was told he was being let go since he was probably too small to ever make it as professional rugby player.
“I was a fly-half back then,” says Buckingham-born Nagy, who recovered from four months out with an elbow injury to make a try-scoring return in South Africa against the Stormers.
“They thought my size was an issue. I was a bit of a late developer and wasn’t as big as some of the other academy boys.
“I was about 5ft 7in or 5ft 8in and was quite skinny. I was only 16 when they cut me. I shot up when I was 18 or 19.”
Northampton’s loss has proven to be the Ospreys’ gain with the former Swansea University student offering a valuable selection option at either 15 or on the wing.
As it happens, Nagy holds no grudges towards the club he supported as a boy and the only painful reminders are when Myler and North rib him over his autograph-hunting days a decade ago.