Laurence Constable capped his full league debut for Belper Town with a goal against Loughborough on Saturday, and impressed his manager in the process.
Charlie Palmer was full of praise for the youngster, but insisted he would have to continue to bide his time.
“He has had to be patient, coming on for five or 10 minutes here and there but I felt Saturday was the opportunity to start him,” said Palmer.
“I gave him no indication he was playing, I just read the team out at 1:45pm and let him go out and play his football.”
“Since I have come to the club he has been training with the first team, he has got talent, I recognised his ability when I watched him play for the Under 21s against Chesterfield.
“I felt then, he needs to be training with men, to get stronger and develop an understanding of what is needed at this level.”
But as much as Constable has slotted in with the senior side, he won’t be making a starting place his own just yet.
The boss said: “I know he enjoyed it, there is a lot more to come from him.
“Due to his age he will not be playing week in week out, I will blood him when it is necessary, he is certainly one for the future.”
Palmer has also strengthened his attacking options this week by bringing in former Loughborough forward Luke Edwards.
“I am pleased we have finally brought him to the club, it was long ordeal in signing him but he is here and I am looking forward to working with him.”
Edwards will go straight into Palmer’s squad as the Nailers host promotion hopefuls Basford United at The Marston’s Stadium on Saturday.
“Since Evan has left we have not had an out and out goal scorer, so I decided to change the formation a little bit, by going with two up-front. Which made us a bit more of a threat going forward.
“We caused them a lot of problems going forward which was pleasing, I usually like to play one up front but I have to look at the personnel in my squad, I felt it was time to change things up.
“The lads brought into it and obviously we got a good result.”