Manchester United goalkeeper Sam Johnstone still believes he can earn a place at Old Trafford despite heading out on loan to Preston North End.
The 21-year-old keeper, who has never made an appearance for United, told BeanBagSports in an exclusive interview that despite the competition for places at his parent club he wants to achieve an 11-year dream and become a regular for the 13-time Premier League champions.
After praising the benefits of his loan moves, six in total, he went on to explain what he wants to get out of his time at Preston, but more importantly what his longer term goals are.
Here are some of the key points from the interview:
"How would you evaluate your time at Doncaster? I was there last year so it was easier to go back as I really enjoyed the club and the fans. It was good to play and gain experience.
How much of a boost was it to your career getting game time with them? It was a good platform to get seen by Manchester United and by other clubs.
What goals have you set for yourself at Preston? To visit family more… and help towards the club getting promoted.
What are your longer term goals? Making it at United has been a goal of mine since I was 10."
(The rest of the interview is available at BeanBagSports.)
Although Johnstone has proven himself as perhaps one of the better goalkeepers in the Football League, it does seem unlikely that he will ever be able to call himself the outright number one at United.
As it stands, the Red Devils have David de Gea and Victor Valdes as their current first choice duo but also have the likes of Ben Amos, Anders Lindegaard and Vanja Milinkovic-Savic in reserve. It promises to be a gargantuan task for the youngster to even get a sniff of cup football at his parent club, nevermind Premier League action.
The best option for Johnstone, if he does impress while out on loan at Preston, may be to earn a permanent deal either with the Lilywhites or elsewhere and kick-start his senior career in a settled side.