Increase in pressure, but Scunthorpe RUFC's Adam Middleton is enjoying his chance at scrum half
For someone with ambitions to become a teacher, learning is a staple part of day to day life.
It is something Scunthorpe RUFC scrum half Adam Middleton has already done in abundance this season, especially on the pitch.
Although having experience in both half-back roles during his days as a student at John Leggott College and while with the Academy at Championship side Doncaster, the 19-year-old has spent all of his time at Heslam Park on the wing.
Keen to have some competition for Will Harrison at scrum half, Middleton has been moved inside by Greens coach Tim Robinson and the Crowle teenager says he is getting to grips with his new role.
"I'm not really big enough to be on the wing any more," said Middleton, who is studying sport and exercise science at Sheffield Hallam University.
"Tim (Robinson) definitely knows I can play there and he thought with Dan McLean going last season, it was a space that needed filling. Me and Will are competing for it.
"I needed to get my head around all the different calls at Scunthorpe, with me previously being at Doncaster, and it's the first time I've played that position at senior level, but I'm really enjoying it.
"It's a nice change from being on the wing. You see a lot more of the ball.
"When I was stood on the wing, the ball always seemed to go to Woody (Greens winger Rewiti Vaimoso).
"At scrum half, rather than waiting for it to come to you, you're in a position to go get it yourself.
"There's a lot more pressure on at nine because whether the ball gets distributed out wide or to the forwards, it usually always goes through me.
"It's more of a challenge, but as I'm playing more adult senior games I'm getting used to that pressure and I'm settling down."
Scunthorpe will hope the same can soon be said about their season.
Having had a break from National Three Midlands last weekend – allowing Middleton to take in England's international victory against Fiji and 'recover from a few little bruises' – the Greens return to action with a trip to Hinckley.
That match presents Scunthorpe with a good opportunity to build on a 27-20 success against Broadstreet prior to their rest week, according to the Greens back.
And with games against two of the bottom three to come before Christmas, putting a run together has to be a priority given the Greens are yet to enjoy back-to-back wins this term.
"I'm not sure about their results, but it's another one like last weekend where another 'W' has to be on the cards.
"Hinckley are a very similar team to Broadstreet," said Middleton.
"I think our performance in that game shows we are in contention, that we're not a bottom of the table team.
"We've got more than enough to be fighting for a spot in mid-table, or hopefully pushing a bit higher.
"We've had a tough run, especially away from home. Now, looking at what's to come, we're playing more teams that are around us in the table.
"We need to get on a bit of run and with some at the fixtures we've got coming up, we should be able to start that run off.
"We've got Derby before Christmas, Hinckley this weekend. We have to set a benchmark and show everybody the talent we've got.
"We might not be getting paid as much as some of the players at clubs in our league, like Sutton Coldfield, but we've got the talent to be up there."