Mauro Vilhete is hoping to cement his place in the Barnet first-team
Mauro Vilhete spoke of his after making a return to the first-team against Rochdale following a loan spell with Boreham Wood.
The speedy forward impressed after he replaced Andy Yiadom in the 80th minute and he is hoping to feature once more as the Bees host Southend United on Tuesday night.
Speaking ahead of Tuesday’s match Vilhete admitted he was happy to return but hopes it is the beginning of a bigger role at Underhill.
“It is nice to come back from my loan with Boreham Wood and get some game time in the first-team.
“My aim was to go away, play regular first-team football and come back a better player so hopefully that has happened and I can keep getting an opportunity at Barnet.”
Vilhete featured in the Under-21s 1-8 drubbing against QPR last week and he admitted that he put the result straight out of his mind and immediately focussed on future endeavours.
“It was not the best result for the Under-21s last week (Barnet 1-8 QPR) but I put that straight behind me and felt I did well when I came on.
“I think that we should have got the win on Saturday but we got a point and we will go again on Tuesday night against Southend United.”
Ricky Holmes and John Oster are both on the sidelines due to injury and despite their misfortune providing more opportunities he would rather see them fully fit.
“The most important thing is the team and there is no doubt that we will miss players like Ricky (Holmes) who are out injured.
“If I am not starting it does not matter to me who is fit because I will be working hard to break into the fold anyway.”
Vilehete grew up just five minutes away from Underhill and he is also revealed that playing for his local club does make it that little more special.
“I had a very good time at Boreham Wood, I played a lot of games and more importantly we were winning games.
“I am mentally and physically better for the experience and now I am glad to be back playing in the first-team for my local club.”