NEWCASTLE United youngster Olivier Kemen insists he has achieved nothing yet – despite breaking into the first-team picture.
The 18-year-old midfielder has been included on the bench twice in recent weeks for Newcastle as a result of the injury crisis at St James’s Park.
However, the Frenchman says he can’t afford to stop the hard work which has got him to this stage, and has been reminded of that by head coach John Carver.
Kemen told the club’s official website: “I’ve been waiting for this moment for a long time.
“John Carver has always said to me, ‘Oli, if you want to be there you have to work’.
“Hard work always pays off so I keep working. I’ve been on the bench and I’m very happy. Now I have to keep working.
“I can’t stop working because I’ve been on the bench. That’s not a good mentality.
“Now I want more. I want to keep working to make my debut – then keep pushing.”
Kemen is expected to play for Newcastle’s Under-21s against Derby County at St James’s Park tomorrow.
And he is eager to show the progression he has made since moving up into the first-team group.
He added: “It’s good for me because I’ve been with the first-team and I think I’ve progressed.
“When I go with the reserve team, I feel great.
“It’s not the case that because I’ve been with the first-team I won’t work hard with the (Under-21) team.
“I keep working, keep working. Every game, whether it’s with the first team, the Reserves or the Under-19s for France, I have to be ready to battle in the game.”