Wednesday 25 January 2012
Everton striker Jose Baxter says he is aiming to get into the first team at Goodison Park after returning to the club from a loan spell at Tranmere.
The 19-year-old moved to Prenton Park in September, scoring three goals in 15 appearances, and returned to Everton at the start of January.
"I've got quite a lot of targets for the rest of this season now,” he told Everton's official website.
"One of them is getting a new contract at Everton, one of the others is getting more games under my belt and hopefully pushing for a first-team place too."
"I do feel like a better player now"
- Jose Baxter
Baxter became Everton's youngest first-team player when he came on as a substitute against Blackburn in August 2008 at the age of 16 years and 191 days.
He has made a total of 14 appearances for the Toffees, with one start, but says his experience at Tranmere has put him in good stead as he attempts to add to that tally.
"It was a great experience playing week in and week out in front of a good crowd and playing for points was good too," he added. "It's a big thing gaining an understanding of how vital three points are at that level.
"The biggest lessons were just realising you've got to make less mistakes. You can't just give the ball away like you can sometimes in the reserves and not get punished.
"At that standard if you do, when you get in the changing rooms of a team playing for points and you've made a mistake your team-mates aren't happy!
"So I do feel like a better player now. I feel like I've got a more mature head about me and I definitely think it was good for me.
"For me to go out and get that experience of people booting you and people showing you that you haven't got enough time on the ball, that you can't do this and you can't do that, was very good."