Jamie Stott is eyeing his professional league debut after the central defender was recalled from his loan spell at Curzon Ashton last week.
The youngster, who joined the club at the age of eight, played 32 games for the Nash and scored two goals.
He now has his sights firmly on breaking into the Oldham Athletic team before the end of the season.
He said: “It’s been a long 10, 11 years so to make my debut would be massive for both me and my family.
"It would be a huge achievement and I’ve come through the ranks and enjoyed the experience. I came as an eight year old at under nines.
“It’s crazy to think how fast it’s gone but I’ve really enjoyed my time here and to make my debut here would make it all worthwhile.
“We have got Bolton next game and Rochdale in the local derby coming up so if I make my debut in either of those games, that would be massive for me and my family, a huge achievement and one I would be very proud of.”
The defender played in Curzon Ashton’s FA Cup run this season and he believed that loan move really helped him develop as a footballer.
“I really enjoyed it there,” he commented. “It was valuable experience for me, a young player, going out and playing first team football.
“It is a step up from youth team and playing against a lot of physical players, learning a different side to the game, it will benefit me a lot.
“You have to grow up, be a man and stand up for yourself both on and off the pitch so it’s helped me develop as a player and as a person as well."
Stott has received words of advise from manager John Sheridan upon returning from his loan spell.
“He wants me to believe in myself more and he has given me a boost of confidence,” said Stott.
“He’s brought me back to be around the team because I was missing Tuesday and Thursday due to training with Curzon Ashton so he wants me to be around the team full time.
“Peter Clarke and Anthony Gerrard talk you through training sessions and if I do play with them, I’m sure they will talk me through the games as well.
“They are great players and great people as well so I’m looking forward to it."
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