JOE Sbarra says that playing a role in Burton Albion's fight for Championship survival is going to play a huge role in his development.
The Academy graduate started on a bench of just six players against Sheffield United, but was thrust into the action when a 12th minute injury to Jamie Allen forced the midfielder off.
Sbarra says that he would rather his selection not be due to the current number of first-team injuries but says that being a part of the squad in their current situation is giving him valuable experience.
He said: “There was only six of us on the bench, so it was slim pickings but we have got to handle it professionally and get on with our task of staying in the league.
“It is a massive learning curve for my career. (It’s good experience) to be in a team that is trying to battle for safety. You cannot pick a better place to develop and to be around the first team squad while we are in a relegation dogfight, you learn so much about men’s football, playing in games like this is a great opportunity.
“I would rather nobody get injured and to get a chance through playing well but I will take any chance that I can get, give it my best and hopefully bring some goals and assists to the team.
“The lads are putting everything out there, it is just about putting the effort, application and mentality into three points.”