Brandon Cooper believes he has grown as a player since taking the step up to Swansea City Under-23s.
The Swans Under-18s captain has so far featured three times for the development side this campaign.
And the 17-year-old academy product admits he hopes to get more game-time with the under-23s after coming off the bench to replace the injured Tyler Reid at right-back during Monday’s 3-1 win over Arsenal.
“The last month has been a good challenge for me,” Cooper said. “You are playing with more experienced and physical players at this level.
“It is nice to be in this environment. It is definitely helping me progress.
“I am still under-18s captain and will be needed again for games, but to be playing up with older players is a huge motivator for me.
“Monday was a big win for the group and we want to build on that today when we face Sunderland.
“The victory was a huge confidence boost for us and we want to take that winning mentality into today’s game and come out on top to get more points in the league.”
Swansea City Under-23s face Sunderland at Eppleton today at midday. Full updates available via our Twitter - @SwansOfficial.