THIS is how fast talent can get you to where you want to go in rugby league.
At the start of last season, Shaun Johnson was a YouTube sensation rated the best touch footy player in the world - today he rates as one of the most important players in the world's toughest competition.
Such was his astonishing impact in his rookie season that the supremely gifted 21-year-old is now regarded as a player who could well decide this year's title race. So how is he handling the expectation?
"A lot of people are talking to me about the second year and how it's a lot tougher but I'm pretty confident in my ability," he said this week. I back my ability.
It sounds easy, but repeating what they did last year is going to be no easy feat for the Warriors.
Although new coach Brian McClennan has a different take.
Instead of looking back, McClennan has declared the goal to go one better and win the big one in his first year in charge.
"Yeah, no pressure, exactly," Johnson laughed. "But we gained a lot of confidence from last year and we are excited about what this year can bring us."
Asked to explain the difference between the coaching styles of former boss Ivan Cleary and McClennan, Johnson offered: "They are two very different people. Brian is a lot more vocal and tries to really get the best out of each player, as opposed to Ivan who is more thorough with video and that sort of stuff from what I've seen so far.
"But look, Brian said from the outset that he just wanted to tweak a few areas, he doesn't want to make any drastic changes so everything is pretty similar."
Cleary earned enormous respect for the wonderful work he did building the Warriors into such a powerful club that made the grand final in all three grades last year - but McClennan comes to the job with his own reputation.
In 2005, he took the Kiwis to Tri-Nations glory at his first crack - then, at Leeds in 2008, he won the Super League crown in his first year. The Warriors have lost a few players for 2012 but maintain the majority of the squad that played in last year's decider, 15 of the 17 all up.
And the talent they have coming through is unmatched at any other club. Throw in some genuine superstars like Johnson, Kevin Locke, Manu Vatuvei, Feleti Mateo and James Maloney and you can't help but feel last year was just the beginning. Now for the encore.
"Looking back to where I was last year to where I am now ... this time last year I was hoping I'd get a run in first grade - now I'm the first-choice halfback. It's so unreal," he said.
"I know I will keep growing as a player as the year goes on and for many more years as well. I still have a lot to learn."