Sam Vince says he is thriving off the competition to become Boston United’s number one.
The 18-year-old goalkeeper is battling with Matt Gledhill to be the Pilgrims’ regular stopper this season.
“I love competition,” Vince told The Standard.
“I feel that to reach my maximum potential I need competition, I’d hate to be number one or two but with no competition.
“I think I always get the best out of myself when there’s someone else there.
“If you think you’re number one you might start thinking that you don’t have to give your all that day - but you always have to.”
Vince began the season as United’s goalkeeper, with Irishman Gledhill still waiting to be granted international clearance.
After getting the thumbs up to play, Gledhill donned the gloves for Boston’s two Vanarama North matches over the Bank Holiday weekend, before Vince returned to the starting XI for Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Stalybridge Celtic.
“I’m happy with my performances,” Vince added.
“Sometimes it is good to sit on the bench and watch and learn.
“(Gledhill) has got a little bit more experience and height, but we’re pretty similar.”
United travel to face Bradford Park Avenue on Saturday (KO 3pm).
Vince added: “Hopefully, I’ll be playing, but the most important thing is we get the win.”