HOT prospect Joe Skarz has set himself a tough Town challenge.
The teenage left-back, who is deputising for suspended Danny Adams, is aiming to keep the experienced former Stockport man on the sidelines when his ban is over.
Huddersfield-born Academy player Skarz, 17, was set to make his third outing in today's League I clash against Blackpool at Bloomfield Road.
Adams, sent off for the second time this season when Town crashed 3-0 to Brighton at the Galpharm three weeks ago, is also ruled out when Oldham come across the Pennines next Saturday.
With Town not in action the weekend after next, when the FA Cup second round takes place, Adams will next be available for the trip to Millwall on Tuesday, December 5.
But Skarz, who is likely to be involved in Wednesday's FA Youth Cup second-round tie at Northampton, plans to give manager Peter Jackson a selection dilemma.
"Saturdays can't come around quickly enough at the moment," he said.
"I've really enjoyed not just playing in the matches, but training with the seniors too.
"It's tough, but the rest of the lads have been brilliant with me and my goal has to be to stay involved.
"I know that's going to be hard, because Danny is a seasoned professional.
"But I'm reasonably happy with the way I've played so far, and I'm learning all the time.
"Getting a taste of first-team football has been fantastic, and it just makes you want to experience it more and more."