Bullish Ronan Curtis has pledged to keep on ‘nibbling’ as he bids to unnerve opponents.
The self-confessed wind-up merchant has shown no fear since bustling into the Football League following a summer switch from Derry.
With five goals and five assists in seven League One appearances, the 22-year-old has proven a revelation.
Similarly eye-catching has been the swagger and confidence dripping from his game, irritating a number of opponents.
Plymouth’s Joe Riley refused to shake Curtis’ hand at the final whistle after a nutmeg in the corner, while there was a running battle with Oxford’s Tony McMahon.
But that’s all part of the Irishman’s football approach.
Curtis told The News: ‘I don’t back down. I might be a young player, but I give it my all on the pitch and am a wind-up merchant.
‘If it’s winding up opposition defenders to get into their head then that’s what you’ve got to do. You have to give them a little dig or two in the game.
‘It’s self-belief, I am a wind-up merchant aren’t I, all our players know as well.
‘They call me the ‘Banter Man’ in the changing room and it’s good to have a laugh, but when it's game day it’s game day, you are here to work.
‘You have ups and downs in the game when you might have a little tussle with an opponent or a little nibble at him – and he may have a little nibble at you.
‘It sometimes works, they get wound up and don't like it, but after the game there’s the handshake.
‘I get into their heads a bit and it gives you an advantage. I know people try to wind me up and get into my head, that’s football really.
‘It doesn’t work on me, though, I let it go in one ear and out the other!’
Certainly Curtis reflects with a smile on his encounter with Oxford’s McMahon.
He added: ‘He kicked me a few times in the first half, so I was just laughing at him.
‘He was like “Who are you? Blah, blah” and I was like “It doesn't matter who I am, just worry about yourself”.
‘When we scored I was winding him saying “What’s the score?”.
‘Then it was “Where are you?” and he said “What do you mean?”. I replied “We’re near the top of the league and you’re bottom!”.
‘He got wound up even more then, I think it put him off his game a bit!’