JACK Hutchinson is desperate to get his first competitive start for Wealdstone on Saturday – just to avoid a ribbing from his old team-mates.
The 18-year-old diminutive midfielder caught the eye of Stones boss Gordon Bartlett last season when starring in a win for his former club, Wingate and Finchley, at The Vale.
Since switching his allegiance during the close season, Hutchinson has been restricted to promising cameos from the bench in the two draws against Maidstone and Bognor.
He is hoping he has done enough for a first start as he does not want his former team-mates to find him killing time in the dugout.
“I can’t wait for Saturday as Wingate is the one game I would 100 per cent love to start in. Otherwise I know the stick I’m going to get from my old team-mates.
“They are going to say ‘You’ve come down here to Wealdstone and now you are sitting on the bench’, so hopefully I’ll get the shout.”
Hutchinson added some much-needed spark when he came on during Monday night’s 2-2 draw with Bognor, in which the Stones threw away a two-goal lead provided by skipper Wes Parker and Elliott Godfrey.
The youngster committed the visiting defenders and played his part in two second-half goals chalked off for offside.
Apart from his desire to start against Wingate and Finchley, Hutchinson has a mature outlook on his new start at Wealdstone, showing a willingness to bide his time and even suggesting his time spent on the bench may be having short-term benefits.
He added: “It is going to be an honour to play for this lot.
“I’ve got to just keep knocking on the door, do the best I can, keep my good attitude going and hopefully I will get a solid place in the starting XI.
“I think Gordon has his mind set on a more experienced side who know what they are doing for the first few games.
“I’ve just joined and I’ll get my chance. He is keeping me thereabouts around the squad and at the moment if I’m not playing, it gives me more of a burst or more of a hunger to get in the team.”