Bidwell's Big Hope
Defender hoping to imitate Coleman and Duffy.
Jake Bidwell hopes to become the next Everton youngster to see his first-team chances boosted by a spell away from Goodison Park.
The left back has been cutting his teeth on loan at League One Brentford since December and caught the eye in the Bees’ impressive 4-0 rout of Carlisle on Monday.
Seamus Coleman and Shane Duffy are two examples of players who forced their way into David Moyes’ first-team plans following successful stints in the Football League – a trend which hasn’t gone unnoticed by Bidwell.
The 18-year-old, whose only senior run out to date came in a Europa League meeting with FC BATE Borisov in December 2009, knows he still has a long way to go - but says he would relish the chance to follow in his teammates’ footsteps.
"It gives you optimism," he told evertonfc.com. "Seamus went out, came back and last year he did great. The same with Shane. And it just shows you that if you go out and get your head down, you don't know what could happen."
Monday’s outing was Bidwell’s 10th since moving to Griffin Park and came just days after his loan deal was extended until March 20.
With fellow Everton youngster Adam Forshaw also set to join him at the London club , the Southport-born defender admits he was more than happy to prolong his stay.
"I'm enjoying getting first team football every week," he explained. "It's a lot different to playing the reserve games - I think it helps you mature.
“Although they push you in the reserves as close as they can, I think playing at this level makes you realise what you need to do and how much work it requires to make it in the Premier League.
"They alway say there's nothing like getting first-team football. The experience of getting games in front of crowds, that's what reserve team football can't give you.
"Hopefully it stands you in good stead if you do come back and play for the first team."
Confirmation of the extension also came as pleasing news to Bees boss Uwe Rosler.
The former Manchester City striker has put his side within touching distance of the League One play-off places and was always keen to retain the youngster’s services.
"He has been a consistent performer - probably our most consistent in the back four in recent weeks,” he said. "I can only take my hat off to him for the level of performance he has delivered.
"I believe Everton see he is in good hands and that is why they decided to allow him to stay."