Bournemouth defender Jack Simpson is grateful to his time on-loan at AFC Totton of Southern League South & West.
He told the Daily Echo: “That loan was brilliant in terms of physically getting used to being kicked around by older people. I always used to play out with the ball, so I used to get smashed a lot!
“I was skinnier back then and probably needed it. There was one game, I can't remember who we played, but we drew 2-2. Me and the striker were at each other for the whole game. How we didn't both get sent off, I'm not sure!
“That was probably the best game in terms of a learning experience of how to keep my head in difficult situations and learning the tricks strikers use to try to get the edge on you.
“When I first went there, I didn't really know what to expect. I had never been on loan and didn't know much about the club but it was massive for me in terms of what I learned about decision-making in game situations.
“Even though it's not the same level, you still get put in similar situations and have to be clinical, especially in the defensive half."