Pat Holland has been delighted with the form of Kieran McKenna this season.
The young Irishman has been playing in a new role at right-back for the Academy side and impressed in his usual midfield role when he turned out for the reserves at Southampton.
Coach Pat excluded Kieran from any blame in the Under-18s poor defeat at Millwall last month but, typical of football, Kieran gave away a penalty as his side's three-match winning streak came to an end at Coventry.
"What Kieran's got is a wonderful attitude, he listens to everything you tell him and he's a decent boy, he goes out and really thinks about what he's trying to do," said Pat.
"That's his biggest strength and how far that takes him only time will tell. When you get a good lad like that you want them to succeed, your heart hopes that get something out of the game."
As for that positional switch, Pat added: "I think personally that his best position is at right-back.
"I know he likes playing in midfield but at full-back the game is in front of him, he can see everything and his game is simplified in that position. That's how I can see him developing."