Welsh starlet Chris Gunter has been assured he still has a big future at Tottenham Hotspur despite being sent on loan to Nottingham Forest.
The 19-year-old right-back was farmed out to the Coca-Cola Championship club by Harry Redknapp after the Spurs manager opted for experience as they hauled themselves away from the relegation zone.
Two games on loan at Forest is the only senior action he has had in weeks but the Cardiff-born youngster is certain to be plunged into both of Wales' World Cup qualifiers against Finland and Germany at the Millennium Stadium on Saturdayand then April 1, respectively.
Gunter, a £3million signing from Cardiff just over a year ago, admitted his frustration at his lack of chances at Spurs but is confident he will be able to resurrect his White Hart Lane career next season.
He said: 'I did get frustrated. But there are times I have been sitting on the bench at Spurs and looking around at players who have played 200 plus games in the Premier League. And they are not happy either.
'I just took a step back and realised the benefits of what I could doon loan somewhere. I have been told I will be part of what is happening at Spurs in the future.
'I am realistic that as a 19-year-old, if you are at a club that have been struggling in the wrong half of the table, then it is possible that the manager will start to go for experience rather than youth.
'My career has not ended because I have been loaned out to Forest, it is all part of my education and will make me stronger and better for the experience.'