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Long's Senior Ambition

Teenager seeks to impress Martinez in Austria

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Chris Long has set himself the goal of making his first-team debut this season.

The Academy graduate is with Roberto Martinez's squad in Austria this week as preparations for the new campaign intensify.

It's a second successive week in the country for striker Long, who was part of the Under-21s group that arrived back at Finch Farm on Saturday.

The 19-year-old sat down with evertontv before learning of the call-up and outlined his key objective for 2014/15.

"One of my wishes is to make my debut this season," Long explained.

"It's a longshot but I've got to keep working hard, impressing the manager and hopefully I can be in and around the first-team."

His appetite for senior football whetted by last season's loan spell at MK Dons, this next goal would mark a dream rise for the pacey forward who has been at the Club since the age of five.

Indeed, Martinez's decision to hand a new three-year deal to another Finch Farm product, Conor McAleny, is added encouragement for Long.

He added: "I aspire to do that and get a three-year contract, maybe even a five-year one!

"I need to let the manager see what I can do and hopefully I will be rewarded with something like that.

"It was a short loan [at MK Dons] - only a month, mainly due to injury - but I enjoyed it a lot.

"The first-team experience was great. To play week-in, week-out starting in front of crowds and that debut goal topped it off.

"I'm feeling good now. I'm glad to be back playing football, especially scoring goals in training."
 

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