Jack Payne made his debut in the Capital One Cup last season, and he’s hoping Tuesday night’s tie against Walsall will give him the opportunity to push for a regular starting spot.
Payne made two starts over the course of 2013-14, both in Cup competitions, but made 13 substitute appearances as well during his breakthrough year.
The 19-year-old is now targetting success again in the Capital One Cup to show Phil Brown he’s ready to become a regular started.
He said: “Last season was very much a breakthrough year for me. I was in and around the first team, got a couple of starts and quite a few substitute appearances.
“This time around I want to push on and become a regular starter in the team. That’s the aim for me this season.
“The Capital One Cup game against Walsall is one I hope to be involved in so I can really show the manager what I can do against quality opposition.
“Hopefully I get the call, but I know there’s a lot of quality in the team. You could see that against Accrington Stanley on Saturday.
“Having made my debut in this competition, it’s one I’ll always have good memories of, but this time we’ll be looking to progress against Walsall.”
Blues were narrowly beaten when Yeovil Town visited at this stage of the competition last season, but put in an impressive display against the Championship outfit.
Payne believes Blues can progress with a similar performance this time around, against a Walsall side renowned for their good football.
He added: “Last season against Yeovil we played some good football and were maybe unlucky not to at least take the game to extra time.
“But if we can put in a similar performance to that against Walsall on Tuesday night then we’ll have a good chance of winning the game.
“Walsall do like to get the ball down and play from what I know, which I think will suit us because that is the way we like to try and play too.”