ALAN Kearney is not worried about the prospect of a baptism of fire at the Racecourse.
The 19-year-old midfielder joined Chester on a month's loan from Everton this week and will be included in Mark Wright's squad for Sunday's trip to Wrexham.
Should he be handed his debut against the Dragons, Kearney hopes his experience of playing in 'mini derbies' between Everton and Liverpool's reserve teams will stand him in good stead.
He said: 'I can't wait to get started and hopefully we can go and get a result. I'm sure it will be an interesting debut if I'm involved.
'I might be thrown in at the deep end - I suppose that's the best way to go really. The lads have been telling me what the derbies are like so I know it's going to be fiery.'
Kearney is most likely to be named on the subs' bench this Sunday, rather than be thrown in from the start. He can play at left-back or on the left wing, but prefers to play in the centre of midfield.
Last season the Cork-born starlet played in Everton's reserve team alongside Laurence Wilson, who is now with Chester.
He has signed on a month's loan with a view to staying until the end of the season.