David Parkhouse is relishing the physical battles of the National League North.
The Sheffield United striker was sent on loan to Boston United to toughen up, and the Northern Ireland under 21 international is enjoying testing himself in the senior game.
“I came here to get physically better and technically better and used to the standard, to adjust to men’s football,” 19-year-old Parkhouse told The Standard.
“I’m finding it good. “Physically, I was ready for the test.
“Whether they (Sheffield United) want to bring me back to be involved, I don’t know.
“I’m going through the here and now and not thinking about further down the line.
“I want to do well and we’ll see what happens from then on.”
Parkhouse, who has been named on the bench for a Carabao Cup contest with the Blades, admits the step-up is much different to academy football.
However, he believes he can more than hold his own.
He said: “It’s different to 21s football, it’s men’s football at the end of the day.
“Physcially it’s a lot better, but I don’t feel I’m struggling.
“I’m coping, it’s my game to be physical.”
Parkhouse has made two appearances off the bench for the Pilgrims so far, and is hoping for his first start at AFC Telford United on Saturday (KO 3pm).
“At the end of the day it’s up to the gaffer,” he added.
“I’d like to start games, but it’s his decision.”