The 27 year-old has been in senior football for more than a decade now but only this season has he finally been given the chance to establish himself as a first-choice goalkeeper. Having waited patiently for so long for the right to prove himself it is perhaps not surprising that he seems reluctant to make any assumptions, despite a positive start as Motherwell's new number one.
Hollis had been with Airdrie United for six seasons - making no more than a handful of appearances most years - before he was released in 2010 with the rest of his team-mates, as the club downsized to prepare for life in the second division. Wondering whether his career in football was over at 24, Hollis was preparing for a spell among the unemployed before an old friend came to his rescue.
Stewart Kerr had worked with Hollis at Airdrie and, now goalkeeper coach at Motherwell, recommended him to then manager Craig Brown who made him his first signing of that summer. Brown, though, would also sign Darren Randolph and Hollis ended up playing the role of the Irishman's back-up for the next three seasons, playing just six matches.
Randolph's summer move to Birmingham City, however, has presented Hollis with the belated chance to emerge from the shadows. He has started all but one of Motherwell's games so far this season - holding off new signing Gunnar Nielsen - and was a key figure in Saturday's 2-1 win over Kilmarnock with a number of big saves late in the game. It is still early in the campaign but it seems, finally, he is on the road to regular football.
"I'm not getting any younger and it has been a while since I got a run, so it's obviously a lot nicer than playing reserve games," said the goalkeeper. "It's a very different mentality and I'm enjoying it.
"It's really difficult when you train all week knowing that in all likelihood you're not going to be playing. But I was fortunate to come in here because Stewart Kerr brought me in when I was probably going nowhere. I had just left Airdrie, there was a real exodus and I didn't have another club to go to. There was nothing there and I was going to sign on the dole. At the time I probably wouldn't have minded because I was disillusioned with football. I was asking how you go about signing on when Stewart got in touch.
"I can have no complaints that I wasn't playing the last couple of years because I was behind Daz, who is an outstanding keeper. Now I've got Gunnar pushing me on so I won't rest on my laurels and just keep doing my best in every game as it comes."
Hollis' saves, combined with goals from Henri Anier and John Sutton, helped Motherwell move up to third place in the SPFL Premiership table going into the international break. It was perhaps rough on a Kilmarnock side who scored first through Stephen McManus' own goal and created enough chances to at least earn a point. Allan Johnston handed a second-half debut to Michael Gardyne - signed on Friday on loan from Dundee United - who hopes to kick-start his career at Rugby Park.
"It's been quite frustrating at United," he said. "There are a few of us who hadn't been playing much and the manager admitted it was hard for him to keep everybody happy. This might be the best option for me to come to Kilmarnock until January to get some gametime and then hopefully go back to United and get in the team. When Allan Johnston came in for me it was nice to feel wanted so my next aim is to get in the starting line-up for the next match."