Lewis Spence is loving life at Dundee after his summer move. One thing is missing, though — a run in the first team.
Spence was something of a surprise signing for boss Neil McCann in the close season, putting the brakes on an agreed move to Brechin City to sign a deal at Dens Park.
The Dundee gaffer had kept an eye on Spence after being impressed by his attitude during a spell as a coach at Dunfermline and snapped him up on a free transfer.
And that attitude is something Spence hopes can convince the Dark Blues gaffer to give him a go in the first team.
So far, he’s made just the one appearance in dark blue, a 2-0 win over Buckie Thistle in the Betfred Cup, but impressed in the recent 1-0 wee derby win over Dundee United.
Unlike some senior players who might not enjoy playing in the Development League, Spence sees it as an ideal opportunity to show what he can do in a proper match environment because, no matter where he’s playing, there’s only one thing on his mind.
He said: “I’m a winner, I want to win every game whether that’s 20s or first team.
“Obviously, I’d rather be in the first team but it is what it is.
“I’ve been a wee bit disappointed I’ve not played in a few weeks.
“Obviously, it’s a strong team we’ve got with a lot of good players, so it’s competitive but I just need to keep the head down in training and in 20s matches to show the gaffer I’m capable of playing in the first team.
“I believe I am but it’s down to the gaffer and, when he thinks I’m ready, I’ll come in.
“I just need to keep working hard and show a good attitude.
“I’m still young but I’m keen to show a good example to the younger boys in the 20s to show a good attitude when you come in and play these games.
“A lot of first-team boys I’ve seen in the past coming down to the 20s just muck about and don’t work hard — that’s not fair on the young boys because it’s their team.
“I always see it just as a game and a chance to keep the fitness up and usually the gaffer is there watching, so I need to show what I can do.”
Spence, though, is delighted to be at Dundee, learning as much as he possibly can so he’s ready, should he be called upon, for the first team.
“How can I not be enjoying myself?” he said.
“At a Premiership club playing full-time football, what’s not to like?
“I love what I’m doing and the boys have been great since I’ve come in, the training’s great, too.
“It’s a step up for me. Obviously, I’ve been full-time before but in the top flight there’s a lot more stuff that goes along with that.
“I’m still young and learning off guys like Darren O’Dea, who’s played in the Champions League with Celtic, and Paul McGowan, who’s had a good career, so I’m loving that.
“I’m feeling sharper, stronger, fitter.
“I feel much better in everything and I’m just hoping I can get into that first team and show what I can do by getting a few games under my belt this season.”