Chris Pollard is aiming to surpass the achievements of his father to one day officiate among England’s football elite in the Premier League.
The former Walsham-le-Willows player, who lives in Stowmarket, is now just one step away from realising his dream after being promoted by the FA to the national list of assistant referees.
The decision means the 31-year-old could feature on the touchline in the Sky Bet Championship as of next season, following in the footsteps of his father Trevor, although his son is keen to go one step further.
“I’m obviously really chuffed by the news,” he said. “It is a big step up but I have already imagined walking out at a Championship match and being able to soak it all up.
“I used to go with my dad when he was officiating but I never considered taking it up then.
“He’s been at that level and has advised me about things which has been a great help but I really want to go one better and reach the Premier League.
“Everyone dreams of reaching that level. It seemed a million miles away when I started, but now it is just one more step.
“I think I’ll start in League Two and then hopefully move up to the Championship by Christmas.
“It is technically possible for me to gain another promotion this year but realistically I think it will be another two or three seasons before that happens.”
For Pollard it has been a metoric rise, since switching from a full-back to taking up the whistle in which he has gained seven promotions in just six seasons.
“I’ve only been an official for six years and so it is amazing to be where I am already,” he added.
“From there, I’ve just kicked on really.
“I always wanted to officiate at a higher level than I played and to be promoted seven times is fantastic — I’m delighted with the rise.”