Leo Chambers is looking forward to playing a part in the inaugural U21 Barclays Premier League Cup after West Ham United were drawn against Bristol City.
The Hammers will meet the Robins when they enter the competition at the Round of 32 stage after City overcame Peterborough United 1-0 to earn a home tie against Nick Haycock's Development Squad.
A date has yet to be set for the match, which will take place at Ashton Gate, and Chambers believes the competition will provide a taster of what awaits in the future.
He told West Ham TV: "We've got a similar competition at youth team level with the FA Youth Cup.
"With the Under-21 Cup now it gets us ready for the real FA Cup and the pressure that goes with being one loss away from going out, so I think it will be good for us."
Chambers and his teammates have enjoyed a strong start to their Barclays Under-21 Premier League season and currently sit proudly on top of the table after nine matches.
They've tasted defeat just once but the defender says the squad will not underestimate their opposition.
"We don't fear anyone but we respect whoever we play against. Whether it's Bristol City or Arsenal we show no disrespect to any team we play against and we'll try our best to play to our maximum."
The versatile defender is comfortable at right-back or centre-back and has not been limited to appearing for the Under-21s this season.
Chambers has played 90 minutes in all of the Club's three Capital One Cup wins and has had further chance to impress the first team coaching staff over the current international break.
The 18-year-old played the whole match on Friday as a West Ham United XI drew 2-2 with Millwall in a behind closed doors friendly match and Chambers feels the match was an excellent test.
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"It was a very good game. They came with a strong squad and we had a few seniors out there ourselves. The young lads that came in, myself, Pottsy, (Dan Potts) and Pelly Ruddock all did well and I think it was a good game.
"It's always a good experience playing against people that are playing in the football league week in, week out. The guy I was up against today, Andy Keogh, did well and like I said it was a good experience for me."
With the Development Squad currently experiencing a four-week break in league fixtures, Chambers feels games against opposition such as Millwall serve the players well.
"Playing in these games is always a good experience and training is good for us, but we're preparing ourselves to play against seasoned professionals, so these games are always helpful for myself and for the senior lads who don't play week in, week out.
"I wouldn't say it's hard to keep focus because obviously we have a good training schedule to keep us in top shape. These games always help when we don't have regular league fixtures. I wouldn't say it's hard to keep focussed on the league because we have games like this which are also good experiences for us."