Keiran Evans has challenged himself and his Swansea City Under-23s team-mates to follow in the footsteps of their former colleagues next season by breaking into the first-team squad.
Youth was given a big chance at the Liberty during the 2018-19 campaign, with several under-23s players from the previous year progressing to the senior squad.
Oli McBurnie, Daniel James and George Byers all became important players in the starting XI, while Joe Rodon and Cian Harries also stepped up on a permanent basis.
There were senior debuts, too, for Brandon Cooper, Tyler Reid and Liam Cullen in August’s Carabao Cup clash with Crystal Palace at the Liberty Stadium, and there were plenty of occasions when the rest of the development squad would train with the first team at Fairwood.
Inspired by the clear pathway as well as the progress of their former team-mates, attacking midfielder Evans admits the current crop of under-23s have plenty of motivation as they aim to step up the ladder themselves.
“We can all see that the first team are building and introducing some of the youngsters,” said the 20-year-old, who has been with the Swans since he was six.
“Hopefully, we can push each other on towards that next season.
“If I get any more opportunities to train with the first team, I’ll do my best and show what I’m about.
“The bottom line is that if we’re all working hard and playing well, we can strive towards what some of our previous team-mates have done.”