Young Ipswich Town academy startlet Cemal Ramadan says he is relishing his loan spell at Bury Town and that non-league football is doing him the world of good.
The confident 18-year-old, who has now scored goals in all three appearances for the Blues, including one in a penalty shootout, is determined to turn a few heads in his month at Ram Meadow.
He said: “I’ve really enjoyed it. The lads and management have been fantastic and really welcomed me to the club, and it’s been a great learning experience for me.
“Everyone told me how physical it would be playing at this level, that every game would be a fight, and I would be shocked, but I think I need that.
“But the lads can really play as well. When we get the ball down, we can hurt teams.
“Hopefully I can progress in this spell, help Bury initially, and see where it takes me.”
The Republic of Ireland under 18 international netted the winner on his debut against Waltham Abbey, as well as scoring in the penalty shoot-out victory against Felixstowe in the Suffolk Premier Cup quarter-final three days later.
When the Blues were awarded a penalty on Saturday in the FA Trophy against Thurrock, one player was quick to put the ball on the spot.
“I wanted to take it,” said Ramadan, “I always want to score and help the team.
“Unfortunately, the keeper saved it but when it landed back at my feet, I just thought ‘thank God for that.’”
The Ipswich youngster, who lives with academy graduate Teddy Bishop, was watched on Saturday by former Town striker Alan Lee, who is now on the youth coaching staff at Portman Road.
He said: “It was really nice of Alan to come and watch. All the coaches, Alan, Mark Kennedy, Steve McGavin have been giving me feedback and tips and helping me out.
“Even the manager (Mick McCarthy) has spoken to me and said ‘Enjoy it, get the minutes’ and that’s what I’m doing.
“I want to play at the highest level I can, so if that’s with Ipswich that would be absolutely brilliant. But as long as I keep learning the game then I’m happy, and I’m certainly learning a lot at Bury.”