CONCORD Rangers’ teenage goalkeeper Bailey Vose says he is getting the best possible preparation for the future by playing in the National League South.

The 18-year-old stopper, who is on loan from Brighton & Hove Albion, has impressed since joining the Beach Boys in late November following the departure of Ben McNamara.

Vose will line up against St Albans City tomorrow, looking to dent their play-off ambitions and boost Concord’s survival hopes at the same time.

And it is not the first time the youngster has played the Hertfordshire side this season.

“I have played St Albans before when I was on loan at Dartford earlier this year,” said the Seagulls under-23 stopper.

“They have good attacking players but if we play the way we want to play and move the ball quickly there is no reason we can’t win the game.

“We lost 2-0 that day but it was a close game and I know we can get something from this.

“I am stepping up by getting all this game time,” he added.

“Playing senior games and being just 18 while getting all this experience is a huge bonus for me.”

Vose was full of praise for his new teammates and manager Adam Flanagan, having gone from one National League dressing room to another in a matter of weeks.

And said they provided him with the confidence he needed, as he builds on the experience he’s getting on a daily basis at Brighton.

“I have really enjoyed it,” he said. “They are a good group and the manager gave me a great opportunity to play men's football at a young age.

“They are encouraging on and off the pitch and help me get through if I make a mistake.

“We train every day at Brighton and I play every Monday so am getting a lot of good experience.

“I have spoken to David Stockdale (Brighton first-team goalkeeper) and always try to pick up tips.

“He asks me every week how it’s going at Concord as he has been on loan to lower division teams and has been through the process.

“He, like everyone else, has been very supportive.”