Goalkeeper Max Stryjek believes that joining Boston United can help him fulfil his dreams of playing in the Premier League.
The teenage stopper made his Pilgrims debut on Saturday after joining on loan until the end of the season from Sunderland.
And despite picking the ball out of his net twice in the opening five minutes, the domineering keeper was given little to do all day as Boston came from behind to win 5-2.
“I’m happy here. It’s just men’s football, proper men’s football,” said the Pole after making his senior debut.
“I’ve never played before at this level. It’s more (of a) physical game in Boston.”
Stryjek made the move to England as a 16-year-old, and admits he joined the Black Cats because he is determined to force his way into their first team.
“I want to play in the Premier League, I’m going to keep working hard,” he added.
“I’ve got a chance to play first team games (at Boston) and it’s a good opportunity for me to earn more experience.”
There’s a real buzz surrounding Stryjek at Sunderland, and he has been earmarked as a possible future number one at the Stadium of Light, something United manager Dennis Greene has been hearing all about.
“They’ve got a real lot of belief in the lad,” Greene told The Standard.
“You can see from his size, and how well he slowed the game down today when he had to.
“For 18, he needs time but he’s making all the right decisions.
“They think he’s very advanced for a keeper at 18.”
Joel Dixon - another Sunderland under 21s goalkeeper - has also been turning out for United this season.
Stryjek says the pair of them enjoy a friendly rivalry, pointing out both are staunch believers in the ‘goalkeepers union’.