Kieran Sadlier is happy to roll his sleeves up and get stuck in as part of Halifax’s bid to start climbing the table.
The Peterborough loanee joined on a three-month deal earlier this month, and experienced a baptism of fire in his first week with crushing defeats against Woking and Grimsby.
The 21-year-old joined Peterborough in the summer but made just one appearance before joining Town, and admits non-league football could be just what he needs to help push for a first-team place with The Posh.
“It’s different, with the style of football, to League One.
“But coming here is something that will teach me well and put me in good stead for the future.
“I want to work on my tackling and the physical side of my game and I think playing here will help that.
“Under 21 football isn’t something you want to be involved in when you’re about 21.
“You need to start going out on loan.
“I learnt that from playing in the under 21s. I’ve heard people say it’s a graveyard.
“It doesn’t really teach you anything. You’re better going out on loan.”
Sadlier started at Cambridge when he was nine, then was at West Ham for 10 years, where he played alongside highly-rated defender Reece Oxford.
He left there in January to join St Mirren in the Scottish Premier League, a move which he admits came as a surprise.
He recalled: “I got a call in the morning when I was out shopping with my friends from West Ham from my agent to say would I like to go up there?
“Literally within two days I’d flown up there, moved into a house in Glasgow with a lad from Tottenham who was on loan there.
“I enjoyed it up there, although it was tough living on my own.
“I made my first start against Celtic and did really well. That was a good experience, but one of the hardest games I’ve played.
“Unfortunately we ended up getting relegated, but I can use what I learnt there while I’m here and hopefully we can shoot up the table soon.
“I think we’re more than capable of that.”
The midfielder also has four Ireland under 21 caps, and is hoping his exposure to senior football with Halifax sees him add to that number too.
“I think I should be involved in the team back at Peterborough,” he said.
“I had a really good pre-season and I’ve spoken to my Ireland under 21 manager, and they’re just waiting for me to play first-team football regularly and I can be included for them.
“Coming here will get me game time, get me 90 minutes, get me fitter and if I play well, then we’ll see what happens at Peterborough.
“You don’t want to be sitting on the sidelines wasting away at 21.
“I want to be getting lots of games and putting my name about.”