Henrich Ravas believes Boston United are the perfect club to help him toughen up.
The 17-year-old Peterborough United loanee - who is currently on international duty with the Slovakian under 19s squad - made his National League North debut as the Pilgrims were beaten 2-1 at Stockport County on Saturday.
And he aims to improve with every match, as he gets to grips with the rough and tumble of the English game.
“Here the football is faster and stronger and the players want to win every ball,” said the youngster, who grew up dreaming of playing for Manchester United.
“For me this is the best learning I can do.
“In Slovakia I didn’t even have a goalkeeper coach in my team.
“English football is the best football in the world, and I always wanted to play here.”
Boston’s Lincs Senior Cup contest against Lincoln City introduced Ravas to the physical side of the men’s game, especially after receiving some treatment from burly Imps striker Matt Rhead.
But the keeper knows mental toughness is an other aspect he needs to work on.
After playing in front of more than 3,000 supporters at Edgeley Park at the weekend, Ravas took his fair share of stick from the terraces.
“It was unbelievable moment, with 3,000 people,” he added. “When I played in the youth team there was about 50 people.
“I cannot say (what the crowd were saying to me), I don’t think you can put it in the newspaper - children as well, which shocked me.
“But it’s football and all part of the game -they wanted to get inside my head.”