Elliot Lee has told West Ham United's official website that he is hoping to emulate James Tomkins and Mark Noble.
Tomkins and Noble both came through West Ham's youth system to become first-team regulars at Upton Park, and their career path is one which Lee is looking to follow.
The striker was out on loan at Luton Town last term, where he learnt plenty about the rigours of senior competition, and feels he has returned to the Hammers a stronger player for the experience.
“I learnt a lot at Luton. I really enjoyed my time under Jon Still, it’s a different world in League Two but I’ve come back a better player," he said.
“As a young lad you’ve got to do what you’ve got to do to succeed. Each player’s route is different, if mine is to go out on loan to become a player than I’m happy with that, I’ll do what I’ve got to do.
“I’ve been here since I was seven years old, everyone looks up to Nobes and Tonks and it’s great to train with them every day. They used to be in a similar position to where I am now so hopefully I can break through as they did.”
Noble has recently been named as West Ham's new captain, after progressing through the ranks at the east London club.
The central midfielder has accumulated 330 appearances in his 12 seasons as a first-team player with the Hammers, and that total looks set to increase further in the future.
Tomkins, meanwhile, has now played 218 times for the Hammers' senior side and has established himself as one of the finest defenders in their squad.
For Lee to catch either would be a major achievement, but he has shown signs of promise during his six showings for the first-team, where he has scored one goal.