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Let's go for win, says Sol

English Barclays Premiership

Dave McEwen is keeping his feet firmly on the ground. For it was only last year that the striker was balancing his business studies course with turning out for Dulwich Hamlet.

In January he'd swapped the University Of London for Spurs Lodge and 100-plus crowds for 30,000-plus at White Hart Lane.

After training part-time during his studies, the 22-year-old completed the season as a full-time professional with a Premiership debut under his belt and a whole new ball game in front of him.

"I remember being shown around the training ground when I first signed," he said. "And the facilities are completely different to anything I'd experienced. The training pitches at Spurs Lodge are better than anything I've played on. To then get my debut in the Premiership was a fantastic experience for me. It all happened so quickly.

"Life has changed but I haven't changed personally. You see the reaction players like David Ginola and Sol Campbell get from fans, especially when we travel to away games and because you are with them, you feel part of that. But my friends still give me plenty of stick and even that's increased now because a couple of them support Arsenal."

McEwen has mixed feelings about his debut against Derby on April 29. He went close twice in the 1-1 draw but feels he could have done better.

"It was a great learning experience but I came off disappointed," he admitted. "I missed a couple of chances but I know I have to put that behind me. As a striker that's what it's all about. The lads were brilliant. They were all behind me and full of encouragement. I couldn't have asked for a better reaction."

After sitting final exams this summer, McEwen can concentrate fully on making the grade in the Premiership at Spurs next season. "All I can do is keep learning and improving and if I get another chance, make sure I take it."

Photographs courtesy of Action Images Ltd.