Joe Hilton is hoping his Hamilton Academical loan will serve him well for more playing time when he returns to the Blackburn Rovers.
The 21-year-old is currently north of the border at Accies in a bid to get more playing time under his belt in the Scottish Championship.
Hilton has been with Rovers since 2019, when he joined the club after leaving Everton in the Premier League.
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During this time, he was loaned out to Fleetwood Town and Ross County, before heading to New Douglas Park for this campaign.
He has been limited to appearances in cup competitions so far since his one-season loan transfer to the Scottish Championship club.
Hilton knows appearances can be hard to come by as a goaltender, but continues to gather information in practice.
And he hopes he can take back to Rovers what he learns in Scotland at the end of his loan spell.
“I love it here in Scotland,” Hilton told the Daily Record. “It’s nice and calm. It’s pretty quiet compared to our home – there are a lot of goalies in Blackburn! It’s quite difficult.
“I just have to do my best for myself. I believe in my abilities and I need to use experiences like this to build myself up.
“When I go back I will have a little more support behind me. I will have played more senior games, played with better players. It will be very useful to me.
“If I was a central midfielder I could turn, but you need stability with the goalkeeper. I just need to work hard every day.
“This is the life of a keeper, there can only be one of you playing at a time. Everyone is fighting for each other – pushing each other – to see who is playing. C it’s like that at the end of the day.
“For me, I’m learning every day. You see the same things when you’re in an academy. Coming to a place where there is so much different to see, it just helps you.”
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