Sunderland youngster Duncan Watmore has told the club's official website that training with the first-team is helping his development.
Dick Advocaat has been impressed with Watmore during his initial time incharge and has put the winger straight into his senior set-up.
Although the 21-year-old has not made his Premier League debut yet, he is still encouraged that he is getting an opportunity to play alongside some of his high-profile teammates.
"You have to take your chance when you get it but first of all you have to earn it, so hopefully by training with the first team I can get that opportunity," he said.
“The more I train with the first team the better I will get, but I can’t expect anything too soon and I just need to keep working hard and impress the head coach.”
Watmore has been on the fringes of Sunderland's side all season, but he has failed to break into the team to date.
The winger has consistently been one of the development side's brighter performers, but Gus Poyet was reluctant to use him and Advocaat kept him in reserve during his first game in charge against West Ham United.
Watmore, therefore, will be hoping that his chance does finally come this weekend when the Black Cats take on Newcastle United in the Wear-Tyne derby.
Although it would be a bold selection choice from Advocaat, Watmore could be the secret weapon that Sunderland need to ensure they get the three points, and he will be determined to impress if given the nod.