Luc Bollan believes the benefits of his loan move to Peterhead will be two-fold.
The 19-year-old defender has joined the Blue Toon from Aberdeen for the rest of the season.
Bollan could make his debut when Airdrieonians visit Balmoor today and during his loan spell he hopes to develop personally as well as helping the Buchan outfit stay in League 1.
The son Cowdenbeath manager and former Dundee United, Rangers, St Johnstone defender Gary, Bollan junior had a loan spell in League 2 with the Blue Brazil last season.
And with the Dons’ reserves not playing in a league this season Bollan was keen to be loaned out again.
He said: “I spoke to Jim McInally and he said hopefully I can go in and help the club stay in the league and hopefully I can do my best. If I give my best hopefully it helps my development and helps Peterhead stay in League 1.
“I’m delighted to get the move completed. In the last few weeks I’ve been really keen to go out on loan and get a taste of first team football. I got it last season on loan at Cowdenbeath and I felt it really benefited me.
“I feel going on loan again will benefit me again so I’m really happy to get the move sorted and be in the squad for today’s game. There was a bit of a lack of games for the reserves before Christmas.
“So after Christmas I mentioned to Paul Sheerin (Aberdeen reserve manager) that I wanted to go out on loan to get as many games as possible to help my development.
“So Paul’s put it out there and now Peterhead have come in and I’m delighted it’s happened.”
Bollan revealed that his father is also in favour of the move and added: “In the summer there was interest from Peterhead I spoke to them at the time.
“My Dad played with Jim McInally at Dundee United and he knew the gaffer would look after me at Peterhead.
“So in the last week I’ve spoken to Jim and my Dad’s spoken to Jim and he felt it would be good for me to come to Peterhead.”
Bollan believes there are differences between reserve and senior football.
He hopes to gain vital experience as well as crucial points for Peterhead.
The former Dundee United youth player said: “There is quality in reserve games as their is in League One and League Two.
“But the games are played in a different style and I noticed that last season when I went from playing reserve to League 2 football.
“The fundamentals are the same but there’s a lot more focus on results rather than just playing well.
“Even if you’re not playing well it’s about finding the way to dig out a win or a draw. Even if you’re not having a good game personally you need to keep working hard and try to help the team because every point is so important.
“The other difference is the physicality because experienced players use the experience they have gained and can be more physical so you need to learn that side of the game.”
Airdrie are the Blue Toon’s opponents this afternoon at the start of an important week for Jim McInally’s men.
Forfar, who are two points and two places lower (ninth) in the table visit Balmoor on Tuesday before Peterhead make the trip to bottom club Stranraer next Saturday.
Bollan is hoping for a winning debut and said: “I haven’t seen Airdrie play this season, but I know they are doing well in the league (third) and as a result I expect a tough game.
“I know some of the players they’ve got and I know they’ve got really good players.
“It will be tough, but it’s a game that we can get three points from and hopefully we can produce a performance could enough to do it.
“Looking over the next three games they will all be hard. Airdrie is probably the hardest and we’ll be underdogs because of where we are.
“But hopefully we can maybe cause a wee shock and get three points which would be really beneficial ahead of games against teams around us.”