Derby defender Matthew Taylor is confident he will return to the club a better player from his loan at Gainsborough Trinity.
The 18-year-old is highly-regarded at Derby after arriving from Wigan last summer and he linked up with the Rams' Under-23s squad as he was viewed as one for the future at the iPro Stadium.
Taylor joined National League North outfit Gainsborough in September on an initial one-month youth loan and that has been just recently been extended for a further month.
The talented left-back has caught the eye for Gainsborough creating five assists in his last seven games and in the process helping them climb up the table after a slow start to the season.
Derby are monitoring Taylor's progress out on loan at Gainsborough and the teenager is determined to use the loan to enhance his prospects of breaking into the Derby first-team in the near future.
"I am really enjoying it at Gainsborough and everyone has been great to me at the club," Taylor told HITC Sport. "It is a good club and the gaffer and his assistant have really helped me settle in and some of the older players have taken me under their wing and helped me out in games.
"The loan move is a great experience for me as I am playing competitive football and you get to see how different things are at Derby compared to Gainsborough.
"I am playing week in, week out 90 minutes and that can only benefit me and make me a better player.
"I've learnt so much already and it will only help my development at Derby.
"I am still developing and learning right now and hopefully when I come back to Derby I will have improved and be closer to getting into the first-team at Derby."
The FA Cup Trophy
Gainsborough take on Slough this weekend in the first round of the FA Cup this weekend and Taylor cup fever has gripped the club.
"It is a massive occasion for Gainsborough to be in the first round of the FA Cup and everyone connected with the club is buzzing about the game against Slough," added Taylor.
"To be playing in such a famous competition like the FA Cup is great and we just want to go as far as we can.
"I was hoping to face my old club Wigan in the first round, but it would be fantastic if we can get through all the way to the third round and draw one of the big Premier League clubs."
Taylor admits he would be happy to extend his loan deal at Gainsborough as he wants to continue playing regularly and getting more first-team experience under his belt.
"I have been here six weeks now and I am really enjoying it," noted Taylor. "We are taking it month by month right now, but if Gainsborough want to extend my loan and Derby are happy to do that I would be more than content to do that and continue playing regularly."