Young shotstopper Jack Bycroft has gotten his wish - a loan move, and with it, an opportunity to get precious match minutes under his belt.

The youngster joined Southern Premier League Dorchester Town last week, making his debut in a narrow 1-0 defeat to Taunton Town

Prior to joining the non-league outfit Saints' B team custodian had spoken about his desire to go out on loan in order to one day stake a claim for the number one shirt at St Mary’s.

The former England U19 international told Saints’ website: “I think for me, coming back from Weymouth, last year, obviously being my first loan experience was tough.

“It was definitely hard, but I enjoyed it. And I learned a lot- it was the most valuable experience for me.

“I definitely need to go out and do that again and learn more, get better and I feel like I'm a lot more equipped for that now, so hopefully getting that move in Jan.

“If not, then next year.

“Just keep going out on loan, playing games until the chance comes up here and grabbing it with both hands."

The Southampton-born goalkeeper spent the first six months of the 2020/21 season on loan at Dorchester's fierce rivals Weymouth in the National League, before returning to Hampshire when Terras’ manager Brian Stock elected to bring in a more experienced goalkeeper.

Since his return, Bycroft tended the B team’s goal, helping the side to slowly improve over the course of the season.

Bycroft attributes appearances from first-teamers Will Smallbone and Nathan Tella as boosts for the younger players, saying: “It’s been crazy. I think that it took a long time for us to gel together.

“And especially with the young lads coming up, learning the system and us really developing as a team. I think we were individual on the pitch for the first five weeks.

“We had a few boys, Will (Smallbone), Nath (Nathan Tella) come down for a game.

“It was really that turning point where we thought that’s the level, we need to match it.

“As soon as they showed us where it was, we stayed at it.

“You can see when you watch us now that we've come together and hopefully, we'll keep pushing on that.”