Charles Dunne says the uncertainty surrounding his future in the game whilst progressing through the ranks spurred him on to succeed.
The left-back, 19, only signed a professional contract in September 2011, but has since gone on to become a regular in the first team, making 23 appearances so far.
And Dunne revealed a chat with assistant manager Richard Dobson prompted him to make the most of his chance.
He said: "In the youth team, I remember me and Dobbo had a meeting and he said to me ‘you might not be a professional player here but we’ll make you the best we can’.
"From the moment he said that, something clicked in my head and I said to myself ‘I’ve got to do this’."
He added: "It’s been a mad 16 months, but I’ve just tried to take everything in my stride and be humble about it. That’s the way people should be, none of this bossing others around. Just keep it calm and composed."
Despite the closure of the club’s Centre of Excellence, Dunne is just one of a number of youngsters who have come to the fore at senior level after signing pro terms.
"To see everyone coming through and getting a chance is great,” he said. “Everyone’s taking their chance too. The competition here drives me on, as well as when people underestimate me."
Due to injuries, Dunne has been asked to play across the backline in recent weeks, excelling in all positions.
"I feel like I’m doing alright," he said modestly. "I’ll do a job wherever Gaz (Ainsworth) puts me, try my hardest and keep doing what I’m doing.
"I don’t mind where I play, as long as I’m playing and helping the team. It’s hard to adjust sometimes but you just have to get used to it and deal with it. I can’t pick a favourite position, it’s either centre-back or left-back."
Wanderers are unbeaten in four games in League 2 and Dunne says Gareth Ainsworth’s positivity has played a pivotal role in that run.
He said: "He brings a different buzz to the training ground. You hear him before you see him! He’s just gets everyone going, he’s a top man - there’s no-one else like him.
"He’s like a friend but everyone respects him. You can talk to him, but I’ve been able to do that since I joined. He talks to the young lads and gives us confidence."