DORCHESTER Town centre-back Brennan Camp is relishing the opportunity to gain experience in men’s football during his loan from Bournemouth.

Portland-born Camp, 18, arrived at the Clayson Stadium in December as cover for Bristol Rovers’ loanee Josh Bailey, who sustained a season-ending injury to his anterior cruciate ligament in the 3-0 loss to Swindon Supermarine.

Like Bailey, Camp is at Dorchester on a work experience loan and is seeking to bolster his game by competing in the physicality of the Evo-Stik Southern Premier South.

Speaking to Echosport, Camp admitted he is adjusting to the “different sort of style” seen between under-18s football and men’s.

He said: “It’s a new challenge for me, playing against men. I think it’s something that I need to go to that next level.

“It’s a different sort of style but hopefully I’m adapting well to it and hopefully I’ll get a few more games.”

Camp has made two consecutive starts against Wimborne and Tiverton since making a 15-minute appearance as a substitute in the 1-0 Ridgeway derby loss to Weymouth.

Magpies’ boss Steve Thompson has deployed an attacking 3-4-3 formation, coinciding with Camp’s entrance to the starting XI, mainly due to injuries to defenders Bailey and Ross Carmichael.

And with talks over Camp’s long-term future at Bournemouth on the horizon, the teenager admitted he is eager to cement his place in the side when asked what he hoped to achieve.

“Hopefully stay in the starting XI,” he said. “I’m improving more as a player and hopefully I can do well at Bournemouth as well.

“I’ve got a big year coming up, especially with my pro contract, so hopefully this will help me get towards that.”

Camp’s move to Dorchester has added to his workload, but the Dorset star is enthusiastic about the challenge ahead.

He said: “It’s a lot of games to take in. I think I’m well up for it and hopefully the more games the better for me and the more I can become a better player.

“We’ve got the quality to stay up and finish as high up the table as we can. That’s the main objective, to keep winning games, get the points on the board. Hopefully the teams around us drop points.”

So impressive was Camp on his starting debut against Wimborne, he received the man-of-the-match award.

“There’s probably a few (Bournemouth scouts) that come down and watch me. Hopefully I’ve done quite well and they’ll feed that back to the club,” he said.

“It’s nice on my first start and I thought I did well against Weymouth so hopefully I can just kick on and carry on playing well.

“It’s nice to be local. All my friends and family can watch. I’ve followed Dorchester since I was young so to play for them and get that experience is good.”