There’s no doubt that Joe Iaciofano’s long-term aim is to fully break into the first-team picture at Northampton Town.
But, for the time being, the youngster is focused on helping Corby Town complete the great escape in the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League Premier Division.
Iaciofano joined the Steelmen on a work experience deal from the Cobblers at the start of last month and has been thrust straight into the middle of a relegation dogfight.
But the 18-year-old seems to relishing it.
Things were looking a bit bleak when Corby trailed relegation rivals Sutton Coldfield Town 1-0 at half-time at Steel Park last weekend.
Iaciofano admitted the Corby players received a “dressing down” from manager Gary Mills at the interval and it was the Cobblers man who parked an epic fightback as his two goals put them 2-1 up before further efforts from Connor Kennedy, Spencer Weir-Daley and Aaron Brown completed a stunning 5-1 victory.
That moved the Steelmen out of the relegation zone ahead of this weekend’s trip to Barwell.
The short trip is the start of a crucial week for the Steelmen as they head to relegation rivals Marine next Tuesday night before playing them again at Steel Park a week on Saturday.
And Iaciofano believes the battle for survival will go on right to the end of the season.
He said: “The boys dug in. We were terrible in the first half but we got a bit of a dressing down from the gaffer at half-time and he turned us around to be fair.
“It’s easy when you have guys like Stefan (Moore) and Phil Trainer around you, you get chances given to you and it’s my job to put them away and I was happy to do that.
“It’s going to wire, definitely. But we just have to keep doing what we are doing and results will take care of themselves. We know that if we carry on digging in then we can get out of it.”
Iaciofano knows the hierarchy at Sixfields will be keeping an eye on his progress during his stint at Steel Park.
It’s a stint he is clearly enjoying so far.
“I am loving it here, the boys welcomed me straightaway and I think I have fitted in quite well,” he added.
“It’s been a perfect move for me so far.
“I am scoring goals, I am happy and my confidence is just growing and growing.
“While I am here I have to keep doing what I am doing. Hopefully some good reports are getting back to the Cobblers and we will see what happens.
“But I am here to play for Corby and all we are thinking about is making sure the club stays up.”