AIDEN O'Brien is determined to break into the Millwall first team next season.
The young striker, who spent time on loan with Aldershot and Torquay during the 2013-14 campaign, recently signed a new two-year contract with the Lions.
And now the 20-year-old has his sights set on a place in Ian Holloway's senior squad after cutting his teeth in the lower leagues.
"My goal next year is to be part of the first team and playing for the first team," O'Brien said. "That's what I'm aiming for.
"I've been training throughout the off-season and working hard so that when pre-season starts I'll be ready to go."
When Holloway was appointed in January, O'Brien feared he would be released by Millwall in the summer as the new manager had not seen him in action.
He said: "When the gaffer came in, I was out on loan, so I didn't think he knew anything about me but obviously he did.
"I didn't really have a clue what was going with my contract and I was worried because Holloway hadn't watched me.
"When my loan spell finished, I had to prove myself quickly.
"I suppose now he likes me and I just want to prove to him and everyone else what I can do and the things I can bring to Millwall."
O'Brien has gone out on loan three times in the past 18 months – so feels he has enough senior experience to make an impact at The Den.
"When I was 19, I played 12 games in League One for Crawley and that was a very good experience because not a lot of people do that at my age," he said.
"I scored seven goals for Aldershot but going to Torquay was a bit mixed – I didn't really get my chance. I feel I'm coming along well.
"I'm not thinking about going out on loan next year. Obviously if it comes to that, I'm more than happy to do that and I'm not going to sulk.
"But I just want to prove, as soon as I go back into training, that I'm ready. I'm raring to go."