Aston Oxborough can't wait to take the next step at Norwich City after signing a new two-year deal with his hometown club.
The 19-year-old goalkeeper agreed terms on a fresh deal on Friday, extending his long-term affiliation with City.
Speaking exclusively to canaries.co.uk, Oxborough said: "Being a local lad, it means a lot more.
"It's been up-and-down at times. I was in the England squad for a couple of years, which was a massive high, then had a year of not playing soon after.
"That's football, you've just got to keep going and eventually the good things come. Mixing with the senior lads has benefited me, because I've had good people to learn off every day.
"I just want to try and impress the first team staff as senior football - possibly out on loan - is probably the next step for me."
Having been in the same youth teams as Jamal Lewis throughout his time with the Canaries, the stopper doesn't have to look far for a pathway to follow.
"Jamal is a massive inspiration as he shows the manager trusts young players," Oxborough added.
"He's has proven he can do it. For players like me, it's in the back of our minds that if he can do it then so can we.
"I speak to him a lot and I've known Todd since I was nine. This is what I've been working up to since I came here, so it's a really proud moment."