Jake Charles is aiming to follow Conor Coady’s example by cementing a regular first-team berth at Huddersfield Town.
But the teenage forward knows he’ll have to produce the good as development level first.
Midfielder Coady featured in all but one of Town’s 49 games this season after signing from Liverpool in a £350,000 deal.
And 19-year-old Town academy product Charles, who made his debut in the home Championship clash with Fulham in March, said: “I want to push on.
“Everyone wants to be in the first team. I look up to the likes of Conor Coady, who isn’t that much older than me and is playing well in the Championship.
“That’s what I want, but I know I have a long way to go and a lot of hard work ahead.”
The first step for the Wales junior international is to become a regular in Town’s Under 21 team.
He featured 10 times (seven starts) and scored six goals as Frankie Bunn’s charges reached this season’s Professional Development League II play-off final.
“The fact that I was moved up to the Under 21 group helped my progress – I’ve noticed a step up in the level in terms of workrate,” added Charles.
“We didn’t play that many overage players this season.
“It’s tended to be quite a young team. I think the players deserve a lot of credit for what they achieved and getting the taste of winning will make us want more next season.
“But we all know we need to keep working hard.”