Ellis Taylor says he's ready to take his chance this season if handed one by Lee Johnson.
The 18-year-old winger has been one of the surprise packages for Sunderland in pre-season.
The Hartlepool born youngster has scored twice for the Black Cats as they step up their preparations for the 2021/22 League One campaign.
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Taylor racked up more minutes for the first-team last night as a young Sunderland side played out a 0-0 draw against League Two side Tranmere Rovers.
Speaking after the Black Cats' 0-0 draw at Prenton Park, he said: "Tonight - I absolutely loved it. It's a great experience playing in front of fans. It's a great stadium and they're a good side.
"I was delighted to be involved and to get 80 or 85 minutes or whatever it was. I'm absolutely buzzing.
"My family had the game on tonight and hopefully they're impressed. I'll have a check on my phone and I might have a few texts on my phone from my dad.
"I feel as though in the first two minutes you saw one of the tackles that got put in, we knew we were going to be in for a game even though it was just a friendly.
"The gaffer said there was no pressure, if it got to 80 minutes and we were drawing then we'd be pushing for the win and essentially take three points.
"It was good not to lose the game but we're also disappointed not to win as well."
Taylor has not only shown his quality in the final third but has also shown his versatility. He was a bright spark for Sunderland going forward at Prenton Park, but moved over to left-back at the half-time interval.
He said: "First-half I was right wing and there was little bits and bobs where I was getting inside on the ball - there were a few times where I was able to put some crosses in, but the gaffer changed it and put me at left-back.
"I felt like it worked out and I'm absolutely buzzing to be out there and in front of the fans.
"I played a lot of last season inverted on the right wing - as I started today - but I also played a few games for the Under-23's when I first started at left-wing back and left-back. I don't mind either way.
"Wherever I'm put, I'll put a shift in and work my socks off for the team. It's good to have versatility in your game because if it's not working in one place and the gaffer needs to change it and he can rely on you, you're not going to get subbed off.
"It's great to have."
For many of the youngsters on display at Tranmere, it would have been the first time playing in front of a crowd that size.
Taylor admitted that it was an "unreal" experience and he can't wait to play in front of a packed Stadium of Light.
"Obviously with the 23's last season there was no fans allowed," he said. "To play in front of a crowd in the play-off final last season - it was one of the first experiences for me being a young lad.
"It's unreal and I love it. I've just turned 18."
Taylor penned his first professional contract with the club in the summer - signing a three-year deal at the Stadium of Light.
He's revealed his delight at getting the text ahead of pre-season informing him he would be training with the first-team.
He said: "At the start of pre-season I got a text and was told I was going to be with the first team. I was just absolutely buzzing and I couldn't wait for it to start.
"I've started and settled in well by getting to know the lads. I'm really enjoying it and I can't wait to keep on playing games and hopefully get in front of the Stadium of Light with a packed ground. That's the aim this season.
"I feel like with Dan [Neil] he had an excellent pre-season last year and when he came back to the Under-23's he came and bossed it - he was one of our best players and helped us get to where we were.
"This year I feel I've got to keep playing and playing well. Hopefully I can keep knocking on the gaffers door to see if he'll put me in and if he gives me the chance I'll make sure I take it.
"I'm going to keep working hard and see where that gets me."