Walsall defender Callum Cockerill-Mollett is looking to tomorrow’s Leasing.com Trophy fixture against Southampton Under 21s at the Banks’s Stadium.
The 21-year-old has fond memories of playing in the EFL Trophy having made his Saddlers debut in the competition in a 5-2 triumph over Grimsby Town three years ago.
Cockerill-Mollett has made a further six appearances for the first team since that day but his debut will always hold a special place in his heart.
“It was a proud moment,” he said.
“It’s an appearance by your name at a young age so I was happy to be able to come through the academy and make my debut.”
The defender has featured three times so far this season, which included starts against Plymouth Argyle and Crawley Town in the Carabao Cup.
Cockerill-Mollett hopes he will get another opportunity to get some minutes against the Saints and he’s been boosted by the faith Darrell Clarke has had in him so far this campaign.
“It gives me good confidence going into games knowing he trusts you to start in the league and give you opportunities to stake your claim,” he explained.
“He likes to switch it round a lot so you’ve always got to be ready.
“I’m hoping to be involved tonight and hopefully take an opportunity to try and force my way into the starting XI for a league game.”