James McCarthy is hoping to go out on loan in January after failing to break into Wigan Athletic's first team following his move from Hamilton.
The 19-year-old Republic of Ireland Under-21 international linked up with The Latics last summer after joining in a deal that could rise as high as £3million depending on appearances.
However, McCarthy, who was a first-team regular during his time at New Douglas Park, has been restricted to just two appearances totalling 83 minutes under Roberto Martinez.
McCarthy knows he is one for the future and has stiff competition ahead of him for places in Martinez's squad, however, he is keen to continue his education by gaining more experience.
"It is a big squad and it is difficult to get in the team, and it is a big step up from the SPL to the Premier League," he told the Glasgow Evening Times.
"If something comes in and the gaffer is happy for me to go out on loan and get some first-team games then I will be happy to do that.
"If not, I just need to try and work myself into the Wigan team."