Winger Jamie Paterson has hailed the impact manager Dean Smith has had during his breakthrough at League One club Walsall.
The 19-year-old signed his first professional contract with the Saddlers in May 2010 and went on to make two league starts and 12 substitute appearances last term.
But this season Paterson has come to the fore, already starting three matches and coming off the bench in two. And it is the belief he gains from playing under Smith, who was promoted from head of youth at the Banks's Stadium, which continues to play a big part in his emergence.
"I've known Dean Smith since I was in the youth team so I have plenty of confidence playing under him," Paterson told the club's official website. "He likes to give young players their chance, so that gives players like me inspiration and can only be good for the future of the club.
"The gaffer tells me to go out and express myself with no pressure and I am trying to do that. Playing for the first team is a great buzz and something I have wanted since I was a little boy, so I am determined to take this chance and do my best for the club."
Paterson added: "The fact the manager is now only allowed to name five substitutes means I have to work that extra bit harder. But having had a taste of first-team action means I am desperate for more and want to establish a regular place."