Andreas Mancini hopes his appearance for Oldham reserves against Tranmere on Tuesday can boost his first-team chances.
The Italian midfielder, on loan from Manchester City, played for the first hour as Latics' second string went down to a 2-0 defeat against their Tranmere counterparts on Tuesday afternoon.
"It's a long time since I've played 60 minutes so I was a bit tired at the end, but it is always good to get 60, 65 minutes on the pitch," he told Press Association Sport.
"I hope it helps me. I played this game to get minutes in the legs in case I am needed on Saturday. In the last three games, I went on the bench so it is good to get minutes in the legs for the first team for when they need more than 10 minutes."
After a game in which reserve team boss Lee Duxbury praised his work ethic, 19-year-old Mancini stated he was enjoying furthering his football apprenticeship at Boundary Park.
He added: "The team has good players and good people with a young manager - a good manager. It's good to get first-team experience."