EXCITING winger Ryan Brobbel is looking to use his time on loan at Hartlepool United to show his parent club Middlesbrough exactly what he can do.
The 21-year-old, who is comfortable playing on either wing, signed for Pools on a month-long loan on the eve of the season from his parent club, Championship neighbours Boro.
And Brobbel is hoping to use his spell at Victoria Park to good effect and to push himself into the thinking of Boro boss Aitor Karanka.
Brobbel has come through the ranks at Middlesbrough and turned professional in 2011 after impressing the hierarchy during his spell in the Academy.
He gained senior experience last season when he made 21 appearances and scored four goals during two impressive loan stints with League Two York City.
Brobbel told SportMail: “Last season was my first season in League Two and it was about getting that experience.
“Now I have that, I want to show what I can really do and while I am still learning, I think I have matured.
“I need to start taking control of games, scoring more goals and having a bigger affect on the game.
“I’m here at Pools for the month and enjoying my time - even more so when we get a few wins.
“I love playing football and don’t really want to go and play reserve team football.
“I want to be playing in front of the crowds, with the atmosphere and that is something I am enjoying.
“This loan spell is a good chance for me to show Aitor Karanka what I can do week- in, week-out.
“He likes young players and he has started with a few so why not show him what I can and try to maybe push on?
“I have this initial year and will be looking for a new contract and I want to show him what I can do.”
The Hartlepool-born winger made his first league start in a blue and shirt in Tuesday night’s 2-0 defeat to Dagenham & Redbridge, to add to his other start, away at Port Vale in the Capital One Cup.
While the defeat to Daggers was another frustrating one for Colin Cooper’s side, Brobbel admits it was good to make his league debut for the side he grew up supporting.
“I enjoyed my first game at the Vic, to a point, he said. “Playing in front of the crowds and a lot of people I know was great but it was, of course, frustrating at times.
“We need to get going and as soon as we get that first win it will kick-start the season.”
Next up for Pools is a tough away match at Wimbledon and Brobbel, who played wide left in a diamond formation on Tuesday, hopes to have done enough to keep his place.
Brobbel added: “I hope I will be in the first eleven at Wimbledon and want to try and push on from Tuesday night.
“You don’t know who will be in the starting line-up because the manager is trying different systems to make things click and he may bring more players in but I am hoping to stay in the first team now.
“There is a lot of pressure kicking about but we need to push that aside and just concentrate on the game and getting a win.
“We can’t get distracted by the fans, even though what we do is for them.
“Playing away can help because there isn’t as much pressure but the pressure is still there because we haven’t picked up a point yet.
“Wimbledon have been doing well and will have their tails up and will come out fast.
“We need to make sure we don’t concede the early goal again.”