Matt finished the season on first team duty when he put in a sound performance against Manchester United on the final day. He now wants more of the same and is more than prepared to re-shape his game to enhance his chances.
"I think this is a big season for me," reasoned Matt. "I’m 20 in August so I want to be pushing on. I’ll have to wait and see, if I’m not involved or there and there about by September-October time then maybe I could go out on loan for a couple of months and get some experience.
"I’ll have to wait, see how it goes and see how pre-season goes."
Asked if the coming campaign has a ‘make or break’ feel to it, Matt responded: "Yes, more or less, I’ve still got three seasons left here and I’d love to see it out without a doubt, it’s a great club to be at.
"I’ll have to wait and see, last year I played a lot of reserve team football while getting sniffs in the first team here and there. It was frustrating for me, but I got my chance against United at the end of the season and I thought I did myself justice.
"That’s why I’ve got to mix my game up as well and show that I’m not just one of those out and out wingers, and show that I can play in the middle of the park, left of three or wing-back. I’ve got to vary where I can play - I can’t just be a winger, the game is moving on these days.
"There are not many wingers about, I’ve realised that, and I’ve got to mix my game up if I want to get on."
Matthew Etherington hopes that this coming season is the one in which he makes the breakthrough into regular first team contention and admits it has a slight ‘make or break’ feel to it.