HE'S been called Adrian and Adan on matchday teamsheets, but it won't be long before everyone knows the name of Adnan Ahmed.

The 20-year-old has made a big impression since breaking into Town's midfield and, on current form, he will take some ousting from the senior engine room.

Having waited very patiently for his chance, Burnley-based Ahmed is enjoying his massive League I opportunity and he hopes it will be the springboard to better things.

His immediate targets are to play as many games as possible before the end of the season and to also see his name on the Town first-team scoresheet.

He hopes to prove, too, if he hasn't already done so, that he's worth a new contract at the end of this season.

"After only five starts, I'm a lot more confident now than I was when I was first selected and I'm really enjoying it," said Ahmed, who spent two years with the Manchester United youth set-up before taking up a three-year scholarship in Town's Academy.

"It makes a big difference to be playing, especially if you feel you've done well and people are saying you've done well.

"You play the game to win and do your best and, when you get a few accolades along the way, it really does give you a boost.

"If you don't gain confidence from people giving you praise and encouragement, then you never will.

"I'm certainly feeling more confident and I'm very pleased with how things are going.

"It's a dream come true for me to be playing League football and, having done quite well, hopefully I'll be able to stay in the team."

There's little doubt of that at the moment, especially with Ahmed showing great tenacity, durability and versatility as well as no little amount of skill.

He has caught the eye with some accurate and dangerous set pieces, too, and finished up on the end of a few sweeping attacks.

"It's great that the manager has had some nice things to say about me," said Ahmed, who is the first Asian-descent player to represent the club at first-team level.

"It shows he's got faith in me to put me in ahead of people like Lee Fowler and Danny Schofield and I just hope I can repay him now with some good displays.

"With the set pieces, I've always felt I've been good at them - it's just that other players have been ahead of me in the queue.

"Technically, they are something I like taking on and I'm going to keep working on them.

"I would love to get on the scoresheet as well.

"Maybe I should have against Oldham last week when I curled a shot wide, and I was a bit unlucky against Blackpool when someone headed my free-kick off the line.

"I thought it was in all the way and I knew the keeper wasn't going to get to it, but this guy just appeared from nowhere and headed it away.

"I'll keep on trying and, as I get more confidence and break forward more, hopefully the chances will continue to come and I'll get a goal sooner rather than later."

Ahmed has already proved he can be a driving force at League I level and he just needs to keep a check on his tackling at times, which can be like a throw-back to the 1970s.

That aggression, however, comes from a competitive nature which is also seen on the training ground - and it's in complete contrast to the affable character of the man himself.

Ahmed has exactly the right attitude and, now that he's made the breakthrough, he's not about to waste the opportunity.

"There are always things you can improve on - and I intend to," he said.

"If you can't improve then you are perfect; and nobody is perfect.

"I want to improve my left foot, my heading and my shooting, and the manager, Taff and Martyn Booty are always encouraging me on those fronts.

"The manager has told me he just wants me to keep going as I am and it gives you a real buzz on a Saturday morning when you wake up and realise you are going to be playing for the first team.

"There's no worse feeling than to wake up on a Saturday morning knowing you are not going to be involved. I've been very patient for this first-team chance and now it's up to me to take it.

"I've got my foot in the door and I don't intend for anyone to push me back out again.

"I know there is a lot of competition, especially with the likes of Tony Carss coming back to fitness again, but hopefully I'm doing enough to keep my place.

"I want to play as many games as I can and I do hope this run in the side can lead to a deal.

"My aim is just to play as well as I can, hopefully the manager will recognise that and something will be offered."

As for last weekend's win against Oldham at the Galpharm, Ahmed added:

"It was one of those games where we were all over Oldham in the first half and should have had it sewn up.

"In the second, we also had chances but we didn't take them.

"We've had similar problems all through the season in that we've been dominating games without being able to kill them off.

"Hopefully we can learn from that, though, and next time make sure we're a lot more comfortable taking the three points."