New Accrington Stanley loan signing Tom Bender hopes that his spell at the Crown Ground can help catapult him to stardom.
The 18-year-old joined the Reds on the day before the transfer deadline from Colchester United and wants to make a big impression on League Two.
"This is the way to get noticed," he said. "More often than not you see players start off at a Premier League team and the only way they can go is down.
"I’m better off at a League Two club playing than being at a Premier League team doing absolutely nothing.
"If you see a young player playing in League Two it’s only going to look good and help their career."
The defender, who can play at centre back or left back, made his debut for the U’s aged just 16 two years ago and has been involved at first-team level ever since.
Nevertheless, he believes that regular games can help him improve his game.
"You’ve only got to look at Chris Smalling," he explained.
"He was playing for Maidstone United and now he’s starting for Manchester United. It’s crazy, but it just shows that it can be done.
"Every young professional footballer aspires to play in the Premier League and if they don’t then in my eyes they shouldn’t be a professional footballer.
"You should never be happy with where you are. You should always want more out of yourself.
"If you look at someone like Chris Smalling and that dramatic change in levels then it really shows that anything is possible.
"It was mentioned to me that the management here at Accrington Stanley often work with young players.
"Obviously it helps that the manager isn’t scared of picking young players which is good for me, only being 18.
"Hopefully if he puts his faith and trust into me I can repay him with some good performances."
Bender could go straight into the Stanley side for tomorrow’s trip to Barnet, who have won just one league game this season.
The tall teenager is looking forward to the challenge of making his bow in the fourth tier.
"I’m expecting a good standard of football from League Two," he said.
"It’s only one league below where Colchester play and there are some really good teams in this league.
"I think with all the foreign players coming over to England and pretty much dominating the Premier League it’s making the lower leagues even stronger."
Boss John Coleman thinks he has got a star on his hands.
"Tom has played at Welsh Under 18 and Under 21 level and has got international experience.
"It’s the right time to get him involved in the first team as we do need cover with Kern Miller out."
Barnsley loan defender Miller has a broken jaw and could be out for two months. He is only signed to the Reds until January.
"We expect him to be out for eight or nine weeks," added Coleman.
"We signed him until January so it’s out of my hands (about Miller returning to his parent club)."
Coleman admits his team have been a bit hit and miss this season but have seven points – the same number as they had after five games last season when they reached the play-offs.
"We have been a bit Jekyll and Hyde to be honest," said Coleman.
"I have looked at the Port Vale video (where Stanley lost 4-1) and we didn’t play that badly but they took their chances.
"If we were to play Port Vale again this weekend, I think we could beat them and the scoreline was just one of those things."
The Reds boss has now got options although he did have a quiet deadline day on Wednesday.
"I have got Tom and I haven’t got money for anyone else," he said.
Teenage striker Kurtis Guthrie has recovered from his hamstring injury and is battling for a first-team place against the Bees.
But he will struggle to dislodge Burnley loanee West Fletcher who has scored twice in three games so far, including the winner in Saturday’s 2-1 victory over Burton.
"Wes has taken his chances and he will be pleased with that. He has kept going and that’s all you can ask.
"I now have options. We always knew this was going to be a tough league but we are up for the fight and will be until the end of season."