Wolves keeper Aaron McCarey was planning to go and watch one of his mates play gaelic football this weekend.
Not any more!
Instead the 21-year-old from Monaghan will be making his first appearance in the Republic of Ireland senior squad and travelling to America ahead of the friendly with Spain at New York’s Yankee Stadium in the early hours of Wednesday morning, British time.
And the down-to-earth McCarey is keen to grasp the opportunity.
“I couldn’t believe it at first when I got the call and it was one of those where I thought it might have been a wind-up at first!” he says.
“But it’s obviously great news and I am really looking forward to it.
“I was back home and had planned to go and watch one of my mates play Gaelic Football but instead everything is changed and for all the right reasons.
“It is a dream come true for any player to play for their country and I’m one step closer now I’m in the squad.
“I think I had a decent game for the Under-21s against Italy last week and maybe word of that got back.
“It will just be great to meet up with the squad and nice to know that they are looking at me and I’ve got a chance to be involved with the senior squad.
“I’ll just join up and make sure I do the best I can in training and try to impress.
“It’s one of those situations where if I can do well then there might be another opportunity coming along in the future.”
McCarey has eight Under-21 caps, most recently between the sticks as ten men Ireland posted a 0-0 draw in Denmark.
Any sort of action during his first trip Stateside on Tuesday night would prove a great boost to the keeper ahead of reporting back with Wolves for pre-season training alongside fellow glovemen Wayne Hennessey, Carl Ikeme and Dorus De Vries.
He admits it’s going to be a fresh start for all at Molineux under new Head Coach Kenny Jackett, heading into a league where he was experience having made 14 appearances on loan with Walsall last season.
He was also on the bench for the final eight of Wolves’ fixtures as cover for De Vries.
“It’s about coming back and again doing my best to impress the new head coach,” says McCarey.
“I think everyone will be starting afresh and looking to make a good impression.
“It was a great experience for me being around the squad towards the end of last season and I think that will also help me when I join up with Ireland.
“I also enjoyed my time playing first team football with Walsall.
“When I get back I’ll be hoping to be involved with Wolves and trying to show what I can do.”