TEENAGER Devarn Green admits his maiden taste of first-team football with Blackburn Rovers has left him desperately wanting more.
The pacy and skilful attacker made a lively appearance off the bench as Gary Bowyer’s side kick-started their pre-season preparations with a 4-0 win at AFC Telford United last Saturday.
But Green will have to wait for another chance to impress Rovers boss Bowyer.
The 17-year-old was not part of the 27-man squad that jetted out to Portugal on Monday for a week-long warm-weather training camp.
Green, therefore, is expected to line up for Rovers U21s today in their friendly away to Knaresborough Town (2pm).
But the former Burton Albion starlet, who earlier this month put pen to paper on a two-year professional deal with Rovers, remains determined to make his breakthrough into the senior set-up.
“It felt amazing to play on Saturday and it’s a massive club,” said Green, who arrived at Ewood Park last summer from Burton Albion for an undisclosed fee after a successful two-week trial at the club.
“I’m young and still learning so it’s good to have players like Jordan Rhodes and Josh King around me giving me advice.
“It’s good to be a young player at Blackburn and now it’s up to me show the gaffer and everyone what I can do and try and kick on from there.
“I feel confident but I’ve just got to keep going and keep believing.
“If you’re good enough, you’re good enough to play and hopefully I get the chance to do that this season.
“But it’s going to take a lot of hard work as it is not easy getting into the first team when you’ve got the likes of Jordan Rhodes and Rudy Gestede in my position.
“I’ve got to be patient and take it from there.”
Green twice went close to scoring against Telford, having one close-range effort blocked and another saved after a sharp one-two with Lee Williamson.
Green was one of five youngsters on show for Rovers last Saturday – the others being Jack O’Connell, Darragh Lenihan, Anthony O’Connor and John O’Sullivan – and their performances caught the eye of reigning player of the year Tom Cairney.
Midfielder Cairney, whose professional league debut came for Hull City in the top flight when he was 19, said: “I thought the young lads did well.
“Sometimes they come up and train with us if they do well and they’ve just got to keep on going and working hard as you never know what might happen with injuries and suspensions – and there might even be a chance for them to play in a cup.
“There’s some good players and it is credit to the staff at the training ground that they’re bringing them through.”