Michael Kightly says he is hoping to kick on and claim a first-team spot after an impressive performance for the Development Squad against Aston Villa.
The winger was amongst a whole host of first-team players who made the trip to the Midlands and he contributed a goal and two assists as the Clarets secured a resounding 5-0 victory.
And as the 28-year-old continues to build up his fitness following minor knee surgery in the close-season, he was pleased to get valuable minutes under his belt.
Kightly said: “It was a good run out for us and obviously I’ve not played much football so it was nice to get 90 minutes and score a goal.
“I missed most of pre-season so I’m just trying to get as fit as I can to push the lads that are starting for a spot.
“I need to be at full tilt to be able to do that so naturally these games provide a good platform for me to do so.
“Everyone wants to play, of course, but we’ve got a much bigger squad than last season so you have to bide your time and do well in these games to show the manager you are ready.”
A strong side that also included senior players Ashley Barnes, Kevin Long, Marvin Sordell, Steven Reid and Ross Wallace was complemented by the more regular Development Squad players and Kightly was also quick to reserve praise for the contribution of his younger comrades.
He added: “I think they are all coming on really well.
“The two boys in central midfield Steven Hewitt and Luke Daly played very well and Luke Conlan got himself a goal and looked solid too.
“I think the Development Squad generally have really pushed on in the last few months.
“There were some lads who didn’t play today who have impressed me too, Jason Gilchrist being just one, and that can only help push the first-team on.”