Jamie Allen is hoping his loan spell at Barrow will give him the match sharpness needed to fight for a place at Fleetwood Town.
The 18-year-old has made three starts for the Bluebirds since heading north to Holker Street.
And despite not yet finding the net in Conference North, the young striker is making the most of a chance to get regular 90 minutes under his belt with the Bluebirds.
“It’s going OK”, he said. “I’m playing games and that’s what I need. There’s no point me training every day, and getting to Friday and having nothing to look forward to.
“I’m playing every Saturday and that is only going to help me fitness-wise and sharpness-wise.”
Allen, who scored Fleetwood’s goal of the season last term minutes into his debut as a substitute at Northampton Town, is determined to be ready should his chance come at Highbury.
He said: “If I wasn’t looking forward to a match on Saturday I wouldn’t be as sharp in training. I think if I was to come back to Fleetwood now I’d be ready.”
The youngster earned a new contract in the summer and is hoping he can still make the breakthrough with his parent club.
But with Graham Alexander favouring just one striker on a Saturday and three men ahead of him in the pecking order, he knows it won’t be easy. “I hope I can make my mark”, said Allen.
“It only takes a couple of injuries. I got my chance last year and I took it, and I do believe if I can get the call I can make the most of it.
“It’s just getting in. The strikers are playing well, Jamille (Matt) is on top form, Jon Parkin is back and it’s going to be tough.
“But, a couple of injuries, I get my call, I get my chance and then it’s up to me.”
One bonus for the young forward is a nomination in the rising star category for the North West Football Awards – something he sees as a real feather in his cap
Allen said: “I found out last week and I’m delighted about it. I’m not sure about my chances of winning it but it’s something to be proud of and I am proud.
“I’m happy that I’ve been nominated.”
For Allen, it’s a boon to be nominated alongside some of the game’s big names, including a certain Seasiders star.
“You look at the names in there, Tom Ince and Callum McManaman,” said Allen.
“It’s a great achievement for me. It’s something to look back on in years to come.”
Another competitor on the shortlist comes from within the Fleetwood camp, midfielder Antoni Sarcevic named after a superb season last time around with Chester FC.
Not that there’s been any rivalry between the pair on the training pitches at the club’s Woodlands base in Ansdell.
“There’s been no mention of it,” joked Allen. “I believe he’s been nominated and rightly so. You’ve seen what he’s capable of since coming to Fleetwood. He’s a real talent.
“But he’s stayed quiet about the rivalry.”
Also nominated for the North West awards is Town keeper Scott Davies, who is up for the League Two player of the year prize.
Online voting in each category ends tomorrow at www.northwestfootballawards.com and winners will be revealed on November 4.