Tottenham Hotspur junior Shayon Harrison has come to the A-League on loan with a clear goal in mind.
The 21-year-old forward is hopeful of maturing into a player ready to compete with the heavy-hitters of men’s football, in the Premier League or elsewhere.
Indeed Harrison, still a youngster in the minds of many, has arrived at Melbourne City knowing he will be tested on and off the field.
On it, Harrison, standing at 183 centimetres, will transition from one extreme to another: freezing cold to the often blistering hot.
It will be his first taste of a professional top division having gone out on loan to Yeovil Town and Southend United previously.
Off it, Harrison will have to fend for himself, flying solo for the time being, an estimated 10,497 miles from home in London.
It is all part of a maturing process Harrison hopes to take under Warren Joyce’s tutelage.
“It’s a big challenge for me coming so far away from home. I know the A-League is a very physical league, so I’m really excited to play men’s football,” he told a media conference on Wednesday.
“I think that’s the next step for me and I’m really excited.
“It was kind of a no-brainer for me, I just wanted to get the deal done and I know it’ll be a big challenge because I live so far away.
“It’s not only a challenge on the pitch, but off the pitch as well. That will be a big step for me as a man also, so I’m really looking forward to the challenge.”
City find themselves fifth on the A-League table after Round 17, now eight points adrift of third-placed Sydney FC.
It was the Sky Blues that humbled City last, and the defeat only emphasised the need to bring Harrison and fellow new signing Jamie Maclaren into the fold.
The pair will be tasked with delivering the goals that have been left behind by the frozen-out Bruno Fornaroli, starting with a crucial matchup with Adelaide United.
Able to play anywhere across the front line and at No.10, Harrison did not hesitate to back himself in delivering the impact City are so desperately seeking.
“Coming in, I think myself and Jamie will make a big impact, both being very forward-thinking an attacking-minded players,” he added.
“I’ll be looking to show that on Saturday as well.”
A win over the Reds will lift City above them into fourth.