Nathan Byrne aiming to establish himself at Crawley Town

Nathan Byrne

Youngster Nathan Byrne is simply hoping to establish himself in the side while on loan at Crawley Town from Spurs.

The 20-year-old defender had a spell at Bournemouth cut short by an ankle injury last season.

He told BBC Sussex: "I feel strong and fit. I have played around 10 games already including pre-season so I feel ready to go.

"It's better to gain real life experience than play in the under-21 league. You've got to perform."

He added: "It wasn't the best injury and the best timing at Bournemouth because I started well, played 12 games then snapped my ankle."

Byrne, who plays predominantly at right-back, made his debut for the Reds in Tuesday's 3-2 defeat to Swansea in the League Cup.

"I came down on Monday and didn't have long to think about it," he said.

"I didn't start the best that I could have because I gave a few sloppy passes away. But in the second-half I picked it up and I thought I played alright.

"Everyone has welcomed me well and all been really helpful.

"I've got to perform to keep my place in the side. Hopefully the manager [Richie Barker] can give me a chance and I can show what I can do."