Hearts keeper Harry Stone says moving to Albion Rovers on loan will give him enormous experience when he heads back to the Tynecastle club at the end of this season.
Stone played well in the 1-1 draw with Annan Athletic on Saturday, under the watchful eye of coach John Rankin, and says the 'real life' experience will stand him in good stead, having been playing in academy games for the Edinburgh giants.
Sub Sam Jamieson's last-gasp equaliser rescued what could be an important point for Brian Reid's men, having fallen behind to Iain Anderson's spectacular overhead kick opener.
And Stone says he's happy to be thrown in to the cut and thrust world of League Two.
He said: "I'm happy with my performance. I always come and try to be commanding in my box, and I think I was that. I had a few saves, so I was happy.
"When a goal goes in like that I think sometimes you just have to hold your hands up and say it's a good goal.
"The loan move is great. The most important thing for me as a young goalkeeper is just getting game-time under my belt, in a man's game.
"I've come from playing academy games and it's completely different going into an environment like this, so I think it's just great to get that experience under my belt.
"This is much more like real life, and more like what I'm going to be exposed to later on."
Stone was happy with a point, and reckons it could be one Rovers look back on at the end of the season, but believes they could have got more out of the game.
However, the tall keeper reckons it will set them up well for tomorrow night's visit by leaders Queen's Park.
He said: "It was good to get the point at the end. We could have done better, I think we were lucky to nick the point, but we should have scored before having to rely on getting that last-minute goal.
"Overall I think it was a good performance and I think that point could be very important, come the end of the season.
"It would have been a frustrating defeat, considering we had so many chances in the game to score, and get the full three points, but we're happy with the draw.
"It will give us a big boost going into Queen's Park and there are loads of important fixtures coming up, so it was a big point, and against Annan who are down there in the table with us, so it was a big point."
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