Tottenham Hotspur winger Kenny McEvoy says he has signed a new contract at White Hart Lane as he targets following Harry Kane and Ryan Mason into the first team.
The Republic of Ireland Under-21 international, who is yet to make a first team appearance, returned to north London following relatively quiet loan spells away from the club at Peterborough United and Colchester United this season.
While another loan was expected, McEvoy has remained in Ugo Ehiogu's Under-21 side since his return in March, scoring in games against Manchester United and Nottingham Forest which caught the attention of manager Mauricio Pochettino.
And having seen so many of Tottenham's current first team squad members cut their teeth in the youth ranks and away on loan, the 21-year-old winger is confident he will also be given his chance to make the leap.
"Less than two years ago, I was playing in the same team as Harry and Ryan," McEvoy was quoted as saying by the Irish Independent, who add the winger's deal will run for 18 months.
"They've had to be patient for their chance to come and so will I. Ryan Mason is only getting a regular run now and he's almost 24. Many of his loan moves didn't work out, same as Andros Townsend.
"Harry was always a natural goalscorer for the youth team we played together in but at a top Premier League club like Tottenham these days you have to wait your chance. "The gaffer (Pochettino) saw me score against Notts Forest in an Under-21 game recently and has given me a new contract. That shows he must have belief in me."
Tottenham are yet to confirm a new deal for McEvoy.