George Johnston has hailed the competition he is experiencing with Ricardo Almeida Santos and Alex Baptiste in the heart of defence at Bolton Wanderers and believes he has settled in to life at the club well.
The 22-year-old arrived at Wanderers over the summer, putting pen to paper on a three-year deal at the club after joining from Feyenoord.
Johnston has impressed so far for Bolton, making six appearances for the club this season, five of which have been from the start.
He has largely been deployed in central defence with either Baptiste or Santos.
And he has welcomed the competition in the position, adding that the duo coming to him in the changing room to discuss matters means a lot to him.
He said: “Sometimes in the changing room the three of us ask each other’s opinion on certain situations in the game, so for them to come to me is massive. They are much more experienced, so for them to involve me like that is class.
“You need that competition in training, it pushes each other on.
“Individually I have settled well, I am really enjoying it.
“For me, it’s the first time I have been playing with fans. That has been incredible.
“I have made a few mistakes which I can work on, so that will put me in good stead for the future. I want to keep learning.
“As a team I don’t think we could have done much more, maybe the two 3-3 draws we could have turned them into three points but I think it has been a good start.
“These things happen, we’re in a good place.”
Wanderers head to the Abbey Stadium tomorrow to take on Cambridge United and are posied to be backed by another big away following of around 2,000 supporters.
And Johnston believes the Wanderers away contingent will give the players the boost they need as they seek to bounce back from the midweek exit from the Carabao Cup at the hands of Wigan Athletic.
He said: “All away trips are tough but knowing the Bolton fans now I expect there will be another good following to boost us.
“There are no worries about that game, we’ll be putting everything into it again for three points.”