Ben Cabango is hoping to follow Joe Rodon’s lead by breaking through at Swansea City.
The 18-year-old is currently getting his first taste of first-team football on loan at Welsh Premier side The New Saints and could feature for Wales Under-19s in tomorrow’s friendly against Poland.
And Cabango, who joined the Swans when aged 14, says his long-term aim is to follow in the footsteps of another young Swans centre-back.
Rodon has burst on to the first-team scene at the Liberty this season having spent the second half of 2017-18 on loan at Cheltenham.
“I feel like I am getting ready to play at a higher level and I want to push myself to be the best player I can be,” Cabango said.
“It has been great to see how much trust Graham Potter has put in the younger players this season.
“A player like Joe is a big inspiration for me because he is someone who has come through the academy process and has been through what I am going through now.
“He has taken his chance and made the place his own in the team. He is someone I would like to emulate.”
Cabango spent time back at the Swans’ training base earlier this week but is now hoping for some international action.
“We are preparing for next month’s Euro qualifiers,” Cabango said, “so tomorrow is a big game for us.
“If I play my aim will be to impress and show what I have learnt whilst on loan on the international stage.”