Lubomir Satka says the time is right for him to leave Newcastle United – on loan.
The defender made his senior debut a year ago in the FA Cup.
But Satka has not made a first-team appearance since then, and the 20-year-old feels he needs to be playing “week in, week out”.
United head coach Steve McClaren has farmed out a number of players so far this season – including Adam Armstrong and Shane Ferguson – and Satka could follow them out of the club.
The Slovakian Under-21 international believes it is time for him to “step up to the next level” after years of reserve-team football.
“Right now, probably the best option for me would be to go out on loan,” said Satka.
“I’ve been playing reserve football for a while now, and I need to get that experience of playing week in, week out.
“I need to push on and step up to the next level.
“I want to try and learn as much as I can and bring new things into my game.”
Satka joined the Tynesiders from Dubnica in 2012, and he has been a mainstay of Peter Beardsley’s Under-21 side – often wearing the captain’s armband – in recent seasons.
Newcastle’s Under-21s are next in action on Monday night, when they take on Aston Villa at Walsall.
Meanwhile, Ferguson, on a half-season loan at Millwall, is waiting to hear whether his stay at the League One club will be extended.
Ferguson’s deal is due to expire after this weekend’s away game at Oldham Athletic.
The Northern Ireland international – who hopes to go to Euro 2016 with his country this summer – has scored two goals for Millwall, who are challenging for promotion to the Championship.
Ferguson – who has had previous loan spells at Rangers and Birmingham City – missed much of last season with a knee injury.
And he is enjoying his football in the capital.
Speaking about his loan earlier this season, the 24-year-old said: “It’s great to be back playing football.
“I’m really enjoying it, and they extended my loan.
“It’s given me a lot of confidence, and the manager (Neil Harris) has been happy with me.
“It’s been really good, and it’s been easy to settle in.
“We’ve got a really good team here.”