Southampton defender Matt Targett is delighted with the progress that he has made this season.
The 19-year-old made his debut back in August, in a League Cup tie with Millwall, and he has not looked back since.
Targett now has four Southampton appearances to his name, across all competitions, and he is beginning to feel part of the first-team squad.
Although he may not be a regular in the starting line-up, Targett still feels he is making rapid progress, especially as he was having to clean-boots of the senior pros just last year.
“Last season I was cleaning Danny Fox’s boots before he moved to Forest but I don’t have to do that any more," he said to the Daily Mirror.
The departure of Fox, who is now at Nottingham Forest having been sold this summer, actually created a route for Targett to get into the team.
The pair play in the same position and had Fox still been at St. Mary's he may have kept Targett from getting his opportunity.
Southampton, however, are not one to hold their promising youngsters back and many other sides could learn a lot of the way they operate at youth-level.
The Saints have produced a large number of talented youngsters in recent times and Targett looks like he could be the next one off the conveyer belt.
The form of Ryan Bertrand is currently keeping him out of the team, but Targett is still very highly regarded on the South Coast and is tipped to be an England international of the future.