U18 striker Jack Watson says he learnt a lot from his time on loan at non-league side Staveley Miners Welfare.
The second-year scholar spent the Christmas period on work experience with the Northern Counties East League team and he felt he learnt a lot from manager Brett Marshall and his players.
He said: “It was a different experience with Staveley. There were new faces and it was good seeing different views of how to play.
“The move wasn’t necessarily about getting game time, but it was more aimed at me developing and seeing different views. Until then I hadn’t been in a first team dressing room environment so it was good.
“The mentality was different compared to playing in the U18s division because the set-up was more about winning at all costs and looking at more of the development side. You could see people’s mind-sets and how they take on games as well. All that made the experience more valuable.
Watson hopes his hard work will help him secure a professional deal at the football club come the end of the season.
He added: “Hopefully I do get a deal and I can take all the development that I learnt at Staveley into my pro career.
“I don’t know what the coaches are thinking but all I can do is work my hardest and keep believing that I can get there.”