AMBITIOUS Dynel Simeu is hoping his loan spell with Carlisle United can help him achieve his dream of playing for Saints – with the defender also wanting to help others achieve dreams of their own.

Born in Cameroon, Simeu moved to England at the age of three, with his family settling in Southampton.

After playing for multiple clubs at youth level in the area, Simeu was spotted by Chelsea, where he would go on to spend six years before joining Saints last summer.

In the weeks leading up to his loan move to League Two, Simeu had been involved in numerous matchday squads and the first team bubble, but did not make his debut for the south coast club.

Undeterred, the 19-year-old is now aiming to impress at Carlisle in order to kick-start his senior football career.

Speaking to the News and Star, Simeu said: “My short term dreams first of all are to play for Southampton.

“I really want to play for Southampton, I want to make my debut, hopefully be a part of the club.

“I want to have a good career at the top-flight. I want to play a few hundred games.

“I don’t know what’s in store for me, but I want to make sure I reach my peak, I want to win trophies, be part of the team as a main player – and I want to help my family.”

Before all of that can come, the England youth international is keen to knuckle down at Carlisle.

“I want to embrace the culture and team, want to be one of them, want to do everything they do,” Simeu continued.

“At the moment I’m a Carlisle player and I’m ready to play with them.

“I think it will be different to what I’ve done before. I just think I’ll enjoy it. I’m ready.

“I want to make the most of it, make sure I make the most out of this opportunity.”

Simeu was one of three Chelsea youngsters that made the move south this summer, with the centre-half having a personal connection to the area.

“I’d say when Southampton came up I took it as a great opportunity,” stated Simeu.

“Even though I’d never played for them, Southampton itself is close to my heart.

“It’s a place which means a lot to me. I went to school there, got scouted from there, and the city’s done a lot for me.

“I want to give my all to Southampton. The fans have been great, I get messages daily from fans, [I often] get spotted.

“It’s a team that’s supported by the community.

“I’ve been back to my school and it’s great seeing the kids, because they have a real belief.

“I want to be someone they can look up to, someone who can make them believe and show them there’s a pathway. I want to help my friends fulfil their dreams.”