Young striker Dylan Edge is confident he can break into King’s Lynn Town’s first team on a regular basis but knows he has to remain patient before doing so.
The highly-rated frontman put pen-to-paper on an 18-month contract on Wednesday night, just 24 hours after getting his first taste of first-team football.
Edge came off the bench to feature in the 3-1 League Cup victory against Barton Rovers on Tuesday night after scoring a string of goals for the club’s youth and reserve teams already this campaign.
On his contract, Edge said: “I know I am going to have to be patient but hopefully my time with the first team will come.
“Once it does arrive hopefully I can hit the nail on the head and continue to score goals when I can.
“I feel over the moon about signing a contract.
“It’s something I wanted to do and as soon as they asked me I had no hesitation in doing it.
“Coming to Lynn has helped progress me and I feel I am capable of playing much higher.
“I believe in myself and want to play as high as I can, perhaps even in the Football League.”
On his brief first-team bow at Barton, Edge, said: “It was interesting. It was a lot faster tempo and stronger and it’s something I’ve got to get used to.
“I model myself on Wayne Rooney.
“I like to get myself in and around the box, score goals and be a nuisance to any back four.”
Before arriving at The Walks from Thurlow Nunn League outfit Swaffham, Edge made his name with St Eds Pride, Discovery and Reffley in the local youth leagues.
His goalscoring prowess has always been there for everyone to see after scoring a hat-trick in a County Cup final against Dereham for Reffley under 16s.
The 17-year-old scoring sensation already has 23 goals to his name for Lynn’s blossoming U18 side this term, including six on Wednesday against Huntingdon, and has also netted seven times in the reserve set-up.
Linnets boss Gary Setchell has described the Lynn born-and-bred youngster as a natural finisher.
Setchell said: “We had to work hard to bring Dylan here in the summer. He is sharp, has clever movement and scores goals.
“I’ve watched all the youth team games and he has been excellent. He has taken that with him into the reserve side and into first team training.
“With his goalscoring record and the performances he has turned in, it wasn’t going to be long before other clubs were showing an interest in him.
“He is as good a finisher as I’ve seen in a long time and you’d back him to score nine times out of ten in a one-on-one situation.
“Dylan can hold it up, head, defend set pieces and he can run and score with both feet.
“He can be anything he wants to be but he realises there is a lot of work to do away from the football club being a part-time footballer.
“All he wants to do is play football and score goals. He is playing a lot of football at the minute so it’s important that we manage him right.”