MONTY Patterson feels he is building as an all-round player by being back on loan at Braintree Town in the Vanarama National League.
The 20-year-old New Zealand international is on his second loan spell with the Iron this season after rejoining from Championship side Ipswich Town and he feels helping the Iron in their fight against relegation can only aid his own development as a player.
“I’m pleased to be back to get some more first-team experience at this level,” he said.
“It’s a very competitive league and I’m just trying to progress further and help Braintree out if I can while I’m here.
“It’s completely different to Academy football.
“I’m learning a lot here and I feel I’m developing as a player by coming into these games week-in week-out.
“Coming into a high-pressure situation is so important where every game is crucial and you need the points to get out of the relegation fight and then stay out.
“We’ve managed to do that so far when I’ve been here on loan so hopefully it can continue.”
Patterson is keen to do his part in Braintree’s relegation fight and thinks they have enough quality to steer a path away from danger.
“We’re just trying to get away from that relegation zone and move towards safety,” he added.
“We have the players here to do that and I think we’ve set ourselves up well.
“We are taking each game as it comes and we just have to try to prepare well for every game.
"Hopefully we can move away from that relegation zone soon.”