Charley Sanders admits he was shocked when he heard he would be handed his full Boston United debut at Bradford Parke Avenue - but now he is determined to earn a regular starting role.
The 18-year-old made 23 appearances from the bench for the Pilgrims before being handed his first start during the weekend’s 1-1 draw.
But now he wants to make his mark again.
“It was a bit of a surprise,” said Sanders.
“I’ve been working hard in the gym and trying to break into the team.
“I did a job for the team and we came away with a point, so I was happy.
“I just have to play my game and hope I can get more starts now.”
Sanders’ new-look ponytail, which he sported for the first time on Saturday, has earned him the nickname ‘Zlatan’ at York Street, as his teammates think he looks like Sweden international Ibrahimovic.
And as well as a hairstyle, the duo also share a fiery temperament.
It’s not a stat Sanders will appreciate, but to date the rough-and-tumble forward still has one more red card than he does starts.