RISING star Brooklyn Genesini lifted the lid on what it was like to step into training under Eddie Howe for the first time and said: “He really does whatever he can to help you.”

The talented full-back, who was named on the bench for last month’s FA Cup fourth-round defeat to Arsenal, also vowed to graft in a bid to catch the eye of the Cherries boss.

Genesini’s displays saw him propelled into first-team training with Cherries in January of this year.

Asked what it was like to work with manager Howe, the teenager said: “When I first went there, he came up to me and shook my hand.

“He said he’s been happy with how I have performed and stuff, which is a great motivation to carry on.

“He might come across sometimes as aggressive, getting at his players and stuff but he has got a bubbly side about him as well. He is a really nice guy, very laughy and jokey.

“I feel comfortable around him. I don’t feel a bit under pressure or anything. He really does whatever he can to help you as a young player.”

Yeovil-born Genesini played 45 minutes of Cherries’ 3-2 Premier League Cup victory over Southampton on Friday.

He featured alongside the likes of Mark Travers, Gavin Kilkenny, Sam Surridge and Jordon Ibe at Vitality Stadium.

“No matter what, I think anyone who gets put in this sort of environment, with the under-18s or getting put on the bench (with the first team) or anything – just take it by the scruff of the neck,” he added.

“Work, work and work, no matter what. It doesn’t all rely on your talent. You have to work.

“You get the big players like (Cristiano) Ronaldo and everyone, they don’t just rely on themselves, they have to work no matter what.

“Ronaldo was from a hard background as well, his parents didn’t have much money but no matter what he worked and just got to where he got to now.

“I just want to follow in his footsteps really.”