Josh Clarke is not going to worry about competing with Maxime Colin and Nico Yennaris for a spot in Brentford's starting XI.
The Frenchman was first choice last season in the role, when fit, and the former Arsenal man had strong performances in that position in the 2015/16 campaign.
With both having fitness concerns that meant neither could start, or in the case of Colin even travel, Clarke was handed the opening day role.
The young full back acquitted himself well and is trying to make sure he offers a different option to Dean Smith.
He said: “I don't really worry about anyone. I worry about my game. I focus on defending and getting forward and doing something different that they haven't got.
“I focus on my game and my position. I've been wokring on speed, defending and heading the ball, which is one of my weaknesses.
“Once I improve my heading I think I'll be a good full back going forward. I just need the experience and everyone helping you will make you better and better.”
Clarke headlines the list of young talent emerging from Brentford's youth setup in previous years with Tom Field, Jan Holldack, Chris Mepham among those in and around the squad.
The full back said: “The management staff believe in young players. It's about being patient, working hard and getting your chance. Once you get your chance you have to prove yourself.”