Cove Rangers youngster Hamish MacLeod believes he is developing by staying with the club rather than heading out on loan.
The teenage winger has made a number of appearances off the bench this season for the Highland League champions.
Last Saturday he netted in the 5-0 win over Huntly to help Cove into the semi-finals of the Highland League Cup.
MacLeod is pleased to be featuring for John Sheran’s side and believes he is continuing to improve simply by training and playing in Cove’s talent-packed squad.
The 18-year-old said: “The quality of player at the club is why I want to stay at Cove and try to push my way into the team.
“Instead of going somewhere on loan I feel I learn more training with the boys here.
“If I do get 10 minutes or so in a game I think that’s more important for me in terms of getting me to the next level.”
MacLeod has been happy with the chances he has been given this season to feature – but he is always striving to impress boss Sheran.
He added: “I’ve had a few chances as a sub this season and I’ve enjoyed it. It’s obviously hard because they are all great players here.
“But when I come on I just have to do what I can and if the manager likes it then hopefully I’ll be in the team as much as possible.”
MacLeod believes performances like Saturday’s can only help his cause as he looks to force his way into the team on a regular basis.
He said: “It was a great feeling for me coming on last Saturday and getting a goal.
“It’s just exactly what you want to do when you come on.
“It’s good trying to push my way into the team – you always know what you have to do when you go on.
“The manager makes it clear what he wants from me and it’s enjoyable for me.”