Conor Bradley is relishing a first crack at League One as he prepares for a possible Wanderers’ debut.
Bradley is no stranger to the big stage after making a handful of first-team outings for Liverpool last season – including a late substitute’s appearance in a Champions League tie at AC Milan.
The 19-year-old, who is also a full Northern Ireland international, described playing for the Reds as ‘the stuff of dreams’.
But Bradley is yet to feature in a domestic league fixture and is out to seize that chance with Wanderers’ after signing on a season-long loan from Anfield earlier this summer.
“I wanted to get out and play first-team football and I couldn’t have thought of a better place to come, to be honest; the way the manager is and the way he wants to play football,” said Bradley.
“The main aim of it was to get more first-team football to gain experience in League One.
“It’s going to be a massive jump for me, coming from U23s football to League One but one I’m more than ready for and I just can’t wait to get started.
“Pre-season has been really good. I feel like I’m part of the group.
“The lads have been great and it’s been perfect so far. Hopefully it keeps going that way.”
Bradley has had plenty of game-time – predominantly in a right-wing back role – during pre-season as Wanderers build up for their season opener at Ipswich Town on Saturday.
The teenager has looked more than at home as one of four new arrivals, including returning loanee James Trafford.
And with the rest of Ian Evatt’s squad nicely bedded in after a busy January transfer window, Bradley hopes to help deliver the goods in a successful season for the Whites after last season's sprint for the line bringing four straight wins and a ninth-place finish.
“I saw the run of form they went on last season which was pretty good,” Bradley added.
“Hopefully we can keep that form up and get a good start on Saturday.
“I think both teams know it’s going to be a tough game. It will be a good test for us but we’re all looking forward to it and all eager to go. We can’t wait for it.
“We know there’s a bit of expectation (this season) but we’re all ready for it.
“I was a bit surprised to see how strong the squad actually is. Anyone could play in any game, to be honest.
“The squad is very strong and that will only help us in the long run.”