CANICE Carroll says he is eager for more after realising a dream by making his Oxford United debut on Wednesday night.

The right back is hoping to get the nod again at Walsall today after being handed a first start against Fleetwood in midweek.

Despite a nightmare start to the match when giving away a fifth-minute penalty, Carroll shrugged off the early disappointment and produced a terrific display.

And that appearance has whetted the 18-year-olds appetite for more.

“I didn’t find out until about 4.30 on that afternoon I was playing,” he said.

“I had no idea I was in the starting line-up, but that feeling on coming into the dressing room and seeing my shirt hanging up on was just amazing.

“It was a dream come true.”

He added: “Obviously it was a bit of a nervy start with the penalty, but I thought I got over that and felt I had a good game.

“I got the sponsors’

man-of-the-match which might have been a sympathy vote, but it was still a great feeling.

“It was a shame the result did not go our way, but I will always look back on that match now.”

Head coach Michael Appleton has said he is likely to rotate his fringe players in the closing matches.

That means Carroll may have to be patient with Sam Long and Christian Ribeiro pushing for a starting role, as well as regular right back Phil Edwards.

“There is a lot of competition for the shirt, but that’s how it should be,” he added.