Grimsby Town winger Max Wright is hoping to kick on at Blundell Park, after making his EFL Sky Bet League Two debut on Saturday.
The 21-year-old Town youth academy graduate came on as a second-half substitute as Michael Jolley’s side lost 2-1 to Notts County at Meadow Lane at the weekend.
And, after being recalled from his loan at Boston United last week, Wright is now hoping for game-time with the Mariners.
Speaking on iFollow Mariners, he said: “I’d have loved to have got the win, but to make your EFL debut is something special.
“And I’m going to cherish it forever, and hopefully there’s many more to come.
“Loads have work has gone into it. Not just this season, but three years of travelling to Birmingham, Scarborough, Boston, and back – and also training with the lads at Grimsby Town, but not playing.
“Mentally it’s tough but you’ve just got to crack on with it, and it’s taught me a lot and I’m just pleased to be back and getting some minutes.
“I just felt ready. It’s been a long time coming, and when you get your chance to come on for your boyhood club something just tingles inside you.
“And you just want to go out there and rip it up, so I was feeling a bit nervous but I was buzzing for the game.
“I want to kick on and play for Grimsby Town for as long as possible. I’ve just got to train as best as I can, and then hopefully I get some minutes against Crewe but that will be up to the gaffer.
“So I’ll just keep going, trying my best, learning, and getting better.
“Hopefully this season has done a lot of good for me, and then hopefully next year I can come back and do it.”
And the winger said it would have been the cherry on top if his left-footed strike had beaten Notts County goalkeeper Ryan Schofield in the 82nd minute.
He said: “It would have been a bit too much to ask for if that had gone in, but the goalkeeper made a good save.
“But it would have been great to score on my debut, but I’m just delighted to get on the pitch with the lads.
“Because I’ve trained with them all year, and none of them have ever seen me play!
“So it was nice to get out there, and I enjoyed it, but it was just unfortunate about the result.”
Watch the full interview with Max Wright for free on iFollow Mariners.