Everton's promising youngster James Wallace is hoping his impressive performances for Stockport County will earn him a chance in the first team back at Goodison Park.
The 19-year-old has made two appearances for the Hatters since joining on a one-month loan deal just under a fortnight ago, scoring his first goal in senior football on his debut.
However, with Stockport rooted to the foot of the League Two table, Wallace is eager to help ease their relegation fears before setting his sights on a first-team place back at Everton.
"All the lads here are great and hopefully I can help them to climb up the table because this club and its fans don't deserve to be relegated at the end of the season," Wallace told skysports.com.
Step by step
"It was a little strange making my debut without having trained with the lads before, but now that I have we seem to have clicked instantly and I really hope we can kick on and pull away from the relegation zone between now and the end of the season.
"I'm just taking it step by step and hopefully I will get my chance at Everton later in the year, but all I can concentrate on at the moment is doing my best for Stockport.
"The experience I gain here will hopefully give me more of a chance of breaking into the first team back at Everton, which ultimately is my long-term ambition.
The creative midfielder had a similar spell on loan at Stockport's high-flying local rivals Bury earlier this season, but the adverse weather conditions suffered during December limited his one-month stint at Gigg Lane.
He added: "I only managed to get one game in, against Peterborough in the FA Cup, but all the other games I could have featured in were called off, so it was disappointing not to get more games under my belt from that spell."