KAYNE Ramsay has described his loan move to Shrewsbury Town as "a massive opportunity".

The teenager made his debut for the League One club last weekend, following the arrival of fellow right-back Kyle Walker-Peters, and is now preparing to return south for a big game against Pompey at Fratton Park on Saturday.

“I see this as a massive opportunity,” he said. “The way we play suits me. I like the message he (manager Sam Ricketts) tries to send and the way he wants me to play will help me more in my career. It’s a big step for me.” Ramsay made two appearances for Saints last season, including the full 90 minutes of his debut in the 3-1 defeat at home to Manchester City during Ralph Hasenhuttl's first month in charge.

"He’s played seven or eight (young players),” Ramsay told the Shropshire Star. “Yan Valery has played about 35 games in the Premier League already. He’s done extremely well.

“Michael Obafemi as well. It’s the same thing. Yan came from France but Michael came from Leyton Orient and has just kicked on.”

Ramsay has been grateful for the help of Saints' first-teamers. “The players also help a lot," continued the former Chelsea youngster, who moved to Saints as a 16 year-old. "They’ve all been there before. When you go to training with them they’ll help you out and if you make a mistake they know it happens.

“Even the best players make mistakes. Shane Long, [Danny] Ings, [Nathan] Redmond, [Ryan] Bertrand. Bertrand has helped me the most.

“Even over lunch or anything you need, in the physio room, they make sure you’re doing the right things and in the right place at the right time.”

Since his most recent first-team appearance for Saints, the FA Cup defeat at home to Derby County on penalties 13 months ago, Ramsay has had to be content with playing for Saints U23s in Premier League 2.

He recognises that playing in League One will give him invaluable experience, in the same way it has done for the likes of Jake Hesketh, who is currently with Lincoln City, and Alfie Jones who is with Gillingham for the season.

“It’s a lot different," he said. “In under-23s it’s more open and you can play your passes that you wouldn’t play in League One with someone going straight through you or winning a header straight over you.

“You can take more risks in 23s. In League One there’s a way, you know roughly what you need to do with your first pass.

“Hopefully there’s a lot more to come."