David Hicks is definitely on his way to something special says Potters Bar Town manager - as long as he keeps improving and learning in the way he is.

The young 17-year-old midfielder is on a month-to-month loan from Stevenage at the Isthmian League Premier Division Scholars and has scored twice so far, the latest the opening strike in the 1-1 league draw at home to Cray Wanderers on Saturday.

He drew praise from Steve Evans during Boro's pre-season and Bar boss Max Mitchell can see why.

The Comet: David Hicks has an aura of calmness about him says Potters Bar Town boss Max Mitchell. Picture: PETER SHORTDavid Hicks has an aura of calmness about him says Potters Bar Town boss Max Mitchell. Picture: PETER SHORT (Image: Peter Short)

He said: "We want to keep it on a month-by-month basis, purely for development reasons for David.

"He's not a player who we need to keep his feet on the ground because I genuinely believe he has that aura about him.

"Whatever you say to him, he takes it in and his game intelligence is very good for a young player.

"He is another we want to take under our wing in regards to his education and look after for the next month.

"We have a good relationship with Stevenage and we will continue to progress him and help others like him moving forward.

"He got another goal with a very smart finish but his work rate off the ball was superb which then allows him to have a good game on the ball.

"We'll continue to educate him and he'll continue to educate himself."

Hicks is one of two loanees from League One at the Lantern Stadium, the other being goalkeeper Laurence Shala from Wycombe Wanderers.

And Mitchell is happy to keep playing a part in anyone's footballing education.

He said: "This is a massive learning opportunity for the likes of Laurence and David. They are two young lads, one 19, one 17.

"This will give them an eye opener as to what first-team football is - it's wet, it's muddy.

"As a goalkeeper you're going to have to come for crosses and command your box but [Laurence] kept his cool.

"In terms of his all-round game, his calmness for such a young player and shows you why he is at [someone like] Wycombe. There's a reason he has a professional contract.

"We're helping him with his education, like we've done with players like Makise Evans and now David Hicks."