Tyler Denton has told Port Vale's official website that it was vital for his development for him to leave Leeds United on loan for the season.
Denton has joined the League Two side for the coming campaign, linking up with former Whites midfielder Michael Brown who is the manager at Vale Park.
And the Leeds academy graduate suggested that moving away from Elland Road for the year was something that he needed to do as he looks to prove himself to the Yorkshire club's hierarchy.
“It’s vital at my age, I had a little snippet at Leeds, but I need to be playing regular week in week out competitive football and here is the place for me to do it hopefully," he told the club's official website.
“I’m an attacking fullback, I like to pass the ball and keep the ball and playing at Leeds I’ve learnt the hard way, I know you have to dig in and dig deep when you need to and I can do that.”
There is no question that Denton stands a considerably greater chance of enjoying first-team football with Port Vale than he did by staying at Leeds for the coming campaign.
Thomas Christiansen has added Manchester United full-back Cameron Borthwick-Jackson to his ranks in recent days - also on a season-long loan - while Gaetano Berardi and Vurnon Anita have both shown that they are capable of featuring at left-back so Denton's lack of experience would have surely left him well down the pecking order had he stuck around.
Charlie Taylor has previously shown what a loan spell in a lower league can do for a player's career, and Denton - who will be unavailable for the Carabao Cup tie between his parent club and the Valiants - will be hoping to make as great an impact during his time away from Leeds.