Glentoran youngster Kym Nelson is determined to forge a name for himself at The Oval this season.
The towering 19-year-old has started the last three Premiership fixtures for the Glens, including last week’s 2-1 victory over Warrenpoint Town.
It was the Glens’ first win of the season following a slow start to the new campaign.
The east Belfast men – who finished sixth last term – lost to Coleraine on the opening day before successive draws against Crusaders and Carrick Rangers.
Nelson hopes the win against Warrenpoint can give Glentoran the platform they need to climb the table.
And the teenage midfielder is hoping he can continue playing a pivotal role in their ascent – starting tonight against Glenavon at Mourneview Park (7.45pm).
“I want to be playing regular football. I want to try and push on this season and get more game time,” he said.
“Hopefully I get my chance. All I can do is keep working hard in training.
“Obviously Jordan (Stewart) is gone, but now it is up to someone else to step in and be the wonder kid.
“There are places up for grabs so everyone is working hard to try and tie down a position.
“It is a battle every week but we are ready for it.
“Jordan is a good kid and deserves his chance across the water. Everyone has seen his talent.
“But we are not a one-man team, and just because Jordan has gone doesn’t mean we can’t make an impact.
“We have good players here with lots of ability. So hopefully that shines through.”