Fulham defender Stephen Arthurworrey hopes his loan spell at Tranmere Rovers will boost his chances of breaking into Fulham’s first-team squad.

The 19-year-old defender has racked up 12 appearances so far during his stint with the League One strugglers.

Arthurworrey is yet to make his senior debut for the Cottagers, but hopes he can follow in the footsteps of fellow young gun Dan Burn and force his way into the reckoning after impressing on loan.

He said: “I’m only 19 and am benefiting from playing men’s football, so it’s a good learning experience. It’s different to what I’m used to playing in the under-21s, but I’ve had to adapt.

“Dan Burn went out on loan and done well, so Fulham called him back. He’s played seven Premier League games now, plus he’s got a few in the cup under his belt as well. He’s definitely someone’s path I would like to follow.”

Arthurworrey has seen a string of his academy pals get a taste of first-team action at Craven Cottage this season, with Josh Passley, Muamer Tankovic and, more recently, Cauley Woodrow making their debuts.

“It’s encouraging,” said the towering centre-back. “You see the young players getting a chance and are pushing on and starting to play in the first team. “My loan is up at the end of the month. I’m not sure what’s happening after that. I would like to stay on because it’s first-team football, but we’ll see what happens.”