Swansea City starlet Daniel James hopes his consistent form for the Swansea u23 side will fast-track him to the first team squad.
James is yet to make his senior debut, but was included in the squad that fell to a 3-1 defeat against Stoke City last month.
The youngster will have a happy 19th birthday this week, after scoring in the 2-0 victory over Plymouth Argyle to guide the Swans through to the last 32 of the Checkatrade trophy.
James was clearly delighted after his performance: “It was a great experience to be involved with the first-team squad,” he said. “The next goal for me is to continue to push on and make my full debut," admitted James
The 18 year old has been impressive during his time with the under-23's this year and will be coping it continues.
“I enjoyed going on the pre-season tour with the squad to America in July", he said after last night's win.
And the winger is hoping his good run leads to a shot at a first team appearance.
"It was a great experience to be involved with the squad when the team travelled to Stoke last month.", claimed James.
“Hopefully I will get more opportunities this season. They are a great group to work with and if I get my chance I know I will have to take."
Going all the way
James is in bullish mood about Swansea's chances of winning the Checkatrade trophy, who have a distinct advantage in quality on the rest of the field if this result is anything to go by.
“Tuesday’s victory was a great experience for us. We knew they were not going to be easy to beat but we had a good game plan, played ourway and passed the ball well."
This competition is a massive learning experience for all the players in the development squad. Coach Bob Bradley will be hoping the senior side can follow in the footsteps of the youngsters.
Swansea will find out who they face in the next round on Thursday, with James determined to force his way into new boss Bob Bradley's plans, with the Swans faltering at the foot of the table.