Courtney Duffus is targeting a regular starting spot for Everton Under-21s after helping the Under-18s win the league title last term.
The powerful forward featured for both Blues sides in 2013/14, making the step up as a second-year scholar to make four starts and 11 substitute appearances for the second-string.
And despite having fellow strikers Chris Long and Hallam Hope all vying for action up front, the 18-year-old is confident he can build on last season's success.
He told evertontv: "It was a great experience winning the league with the Under-18s and playing often in the Under-21s was good as well.
"I really enjoyed last season.
"I can't wait to get back on the training ground. There's a bit of competition.
"I want to play regularly for the Under-21s and maybe even go out on loan. I'm not sure but I have to keep working hard and see what happens."
Duffus is currently in Austria with the two age groups, with David Unsworth taking charge of the Under-21s on the trip.
And while adjusting to the conditions in Obertraun can be a difficult way to return after the summer break, Duffus hopes to be in prime condition for when the new season starts.
"It's always tough here but good to be back among the lads. I've missed their banter, especially my roommate Gethin Jones.
"I don't enjoy the heat personally, but it helps get you fit quick and you see a massive difference when you arrive back at Finch Farm."