CANICE Carroll has set new individual targets for the season after enjoying a run in the Oxford United team.

The teenager is all set to make his sixth start in a row tomorrow, when the U’s visit Walsall in Sky Bet League One.

He has already doubled his seven appearances from last season, exceeding his hopes at the start of the campaign that he might make double figures.

Not wanting to stand still, Carroll is looking up in every sense.

He said: “Now I’ve done my goals, I’ve set another few.

“All I’m thinking about is taking each game as it comes and seeing how many I can rack up by the end of the season.

“It’s mainly about promotion. I wouldn’t mind not playing for the rest of the season if we got promotion.”

The 18-year-old has benefitted from the dismissal of Ricardinho, who is still suspended for two more matches.

But Carroll, who has been on the losing side just once in his ten starts this season, had worked his way into the team before the red card.

And just like Aaron Martin alongside him, getting a run of games has been hugely beneficial.

He said: “You see that with the likes of me and Aaron Martin.

“We’ve got a few games under our belts.

“We played under 23s football last season together and I always thought ‘Spud’ was a really good defender and a great person to have around the training ground.

“You can see that now – he’s probably been one of the stand-out performers in the last few games.”

Carroll formed half of a youthful partnership on the right flank which finished Tuesday night’s Checkatrade Trophy tie at Charlton Athletic.

Carroll was thrilled to see winger Malachi Napa, also 18, make his mark.

He said: “I’m buzzing for Malachi because he’s a friend and I played with him in the youth team.

“He’s good to have in front of you because when you’re tired you can just give him the ball and he’ll go and do his magic in the other half.”