Jake Cassidy today declared he is ready to learn from new Wolves boss Dean Saunders – as he revealed his full debut against Blackburn had given him a taste for more.
The powerful 19-year-old striker followed up a substitute’s appearance at Luton by starting against Blackburn at Molineux, producing a lively display alongside Kevin Doyle in the 1-1 draw.
Cassidy has built on an impressive loan spell with Tranmere, and whilst admitting he is still happy to do whatever is best for his continued development, would enjoy staying to fight for a place at Wolves and learn from Saunders.
He said: “The gaffer's come in and asked us to work hard all over the pitch and I think we did that on Friday.
“Obviously the penalty killed us a bit to be fair, but I thought we dominated most of the game - the workrate was there and the quality was there.
“I've seen clips of the manager during his playing days. He was a fantastic player from what I've seen.
“I've played against two of his sides in the past and I know what they're about - both teams worked hard and they were hard teams to play against.
“I think he's trying to turn us into that sort of team, which would be good for the club.
“He has joined in with some finishing in training and it’s good to learn from.
“All the little tips, the different techniques that he's picked up over the years can only help you along, so I'll take it on board and try to do it myself.”
Cassidy continues: “It didn't feel like a massive step up, but I had to match the tempo of the players, because obviously they're a couple of yards ahead of the players in League One - no disrespect to them.
“After the first ten minutes I think I fitted in quite well, and it didn’t seem like too much of a jump after that initial period.
“I was trying to get on the scoresheet, but obviously it wasn't to be on Friday.
“That's what I've been doing (for Tranmere) so I was trying to carry it on.
“The new manager has given me an opportunity and I thought I did well in the game so hopefully some more chances will come.”
Saunders has already praised Cassidy’s physical strength, and he looked at home amid the hustle and bustle of the npower Championship.
However, he is conscious that should he remain with Wolves until the end of the season, he will face some further battles with no-nonsense defenders between now and May.
“I'd like to be a little bit stronger because obviously you're coming up against big lads, players of the experience of Scott Dann and Grant Hanley, and you've got to get in front of those lads,” he says.
“I'll get back in the gym now, I didn't do too much when I was out on loan but now I'm going to get fitter and stronger and hopefully improve a lot more.
“You just want the games to come.
“No-one likes sitting on the sidelines, so I just hope that more chances will come for me and hopefully I can take them again.
“We're just taking things step by step, the new gaffer's only been here a week and he hasn't seen a lot of the lads play yet.
“Obviously some are injured - but we've got a quality squad here, and while I really want to play I will understand if I'm not.
“Doyler was good to play up front with because he's been there and done it.
“He helped me through the game a lot, like a lot of our players.”
There is little a Wolves fan likes more than seeing a young player grasping his opportunity, and Cassidy – the latest of many to have earned their chance in the last 18 months – received a warm reception on Friday.
“That was nice to hear,” he admitted.
“Obviously I was a bit nervous coming on but the support of the fans makes the game so much easier, makes the game go faster and you enjoy it more.
“I got a nice, warm reception coming off the pitch as well, so I enjoyed it.”