Will Swan is looking to get more minutes under his belt as Nottingham Forest get set to face Sheffield Wednesday.
The academy graduate has made the breakthrough into the first team this season, coming off the bench for his debut against Swansea at The City Ground, and knows that he must keep working hard for any further opportunities.
On the back of signing a new long-term contract with the club, Swan said: “I am buzzing. I have been at Forest for pretty much my whole life now, so to be able to extend that and have that security knowing that I will be around for a few more years is really nice.
“The first-team chance took me by surprise really, I was doing well with the Under 23s but to be thrown into it and put on in the Swansea game was amazing.
“It is incredible, it is what I have been working towards for the last seven or eight years, my whole life really, so to be given a chance this season I am really grateful to the gaffer. I just want to keep working and to get some more game time now and get some more games under my belt.”
Swan was thankful to the senior players in the squad who have welcomed him into the group, as well as giving him the chance to learn from them and develop his own game.
He said: “They’ve been great. Alex [Mighten] is someone I know well, training with him every day. I had a friend as soon as I walked into the dressing room which was helpful, but all of the lads have been very welcoming and they are always pushing me on to try and be as good as I can.
“Physicality is not my game but I am always looking at how I can get better. Being able to work with and watch Lyle [Taylor] and how he does it in games and in training, he is so good at it and I am watching and learning from him. I have been working in the gym as well to get stronger and bigger to add anything to my game.
“Just watching them on the pitch, looking at how they move, where they position themselves and how they hold the ball up. I am always watching and trying to learn so that I can implement what I can into my game.”