Port Vale's Ryan Lloyd is enjoying his loan stint with Chester FC but admits the hustle and bustle of the National League takes some getting used to.
The 21-year-old midfielder will be hoping to make his third successive start in the FA Trophy first round visit to AFC Telford United on Saturday (3pm).
Blues boss Steve Burr has been a fan of the quietly spoken left-footer for some time and rates him as an exciting prospect for the future.
Lloyd has shown glimpses of his promise in his two appearances and, now he knows what to expect in terms of the pace and physicality of games, is confident he can adapt and make an impact.
"It's a good experience and I'm just getting used to the intensity because it's a lot different from reserve team football and hopefully I can carry on improving," said Lloyd.
"The gaffer told me he wanted a little bit of creativity and told me to get on the ball, open up defences and get the other lads on the ball so they can get into a shooting position.
"It's difficult in this league because it's all 100 miles per hour and you don't have much time on the ball because things happen very quickly
"It's a massive step up but like I say you've just got to get used to it, get on with it and find ways around it. Obviously you're not going to compete with them physically sometimes but you've just go to adapt. That's part of football."
Lloyd has been with Port Vale for more than a decade and had featured five times in League One this season.
He moved to the Lookers Vauxhall Stadium before the emergency loan window closed last month and his initial loan spell runs until December 27.