Long Eager To Impress

by Adam Clark

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Striker Chris Long is eager to make his mark in the Championship.

The 19-year-old moved to high-flying Brentford on a one-month loan last week and made his Bees debut as a late substitute in a 2-1 win at Norwich City on Saturday.

Brentford welcome promotion rivals Middlesbrough to Griffin Park this weekend, with games against Leeds United and Watford also on the horizon.

Long, who netted for Everton's first-team during a pre-season friendly at SC Paderborn last August and made his senior bow in last month's Europa League clash with FC Krasnodar, is now determined to make the most of his opportunity to shine in North London.

“I’ve been dying to get out and play all season, so hopefully I can take my chance," he said. "I’ve scored a lot of goals at academy level but I want to test myself in the Championship.

“It was a dream come true to make my debut for Everton because my family are all Evertonians but I have to work hard to prove myself while I am down here."

Long signed his first professional contract two years ago after progressing through the ranks at Everton and hopes to earn a new deal before the end of the current campaign.

He added: “I’m fighting for a contract because my deal is up at the end of the year. I’ve been at Everton since I was five, so hopefully I can cement a place up front there one day."

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