After getting a taste of first-team action in February, the young shot stopper is now looking for more opportunities.
The 19-year-old has had to remain patient for another first-team opportunity at the MKM Stadium having made his debut for the Tigers against Leicester City Under-21s at the start of last season in the Papa John’s Trophy.
However, as soon as he realised Matt Ingram was being stretchered off in our recent game against Queens Park Rangers, the youngster had to quickly psych himself up for his league debut.
“It was a really good game to be part of, especially as a young lad,” said Cartwright. “It was unfortunate given the circumstances for Matty (Ingram), but to come on and make my (league) debut was an unbelievable feeling.
“When I saw him get stretchered off, I knew I was coming on so had to get my head around it and make sure that I did my best for the team to get us some points.”
Reflecting on the game against QPR, Cartwright was full of praise for first-team goalkeeping coach Barry Richardson, who helped him remain calm as he got ready to come on.
“He was really good,” explained Cartwright. “He didn’t say too much to me. He just said this is what you’ve been training for, you’re ready for it and there’s no need to be nervous or anything like that.
“He’s played a massive part in helping me get to where I am today. He pushes me on in training and is a good person as well as a good coach. He always wants the best for me.”
Due to Nathan Baxter and Matt Ingram being unavailable for the visit of Barnsley just a matter of days after the draw to QPR, Shota Arveladze handed Cartwright his full league debut against the Tykes in front of a 16,000-strong crowd at the MKM Stadium.
Despite the result, Cartwright was delighted to have been given the opportunity.
“It was a disappointing night because of the result, but personally, to make my full league debut with such a big crowd, I really enjoyed it,” said Cartwright.
“I think Barry (Richardson) sending me out on loan for a month (earlier this season to Gainsborough Trinity) played a huge part in helping me play the way I did in the two games that I’ve played in.
“(At Gainsborough) I was getting pumped with crosses and balls which were landing on top of my box which I had to either come and collect or punch to help the team out. At QPR, I had a few crosses to deal with and I like to think I dealt with them well.
“Now I’ve been given the opportunity (in the first team), I want it more. We’ve got a good goalkeepers’ union at Hull City. We all push each other on and want the best for each other but at the end of the day, there’s only one shirt. I would be lying if I said I didn’t want it.”