Wilson Palacios is eyeing up a potential Stoke City debut against Liverpool this Saturday.
The deadline day capture from Tottenham is yet to fully train with his new team-mates due to an operation he underwent on his knee in the summer.
The Honduras star has spent his first three days at the club improving his fitness in the gymnasium and is anticipating a return to the training field later this week in an effort to impress his new manager Tony Pulis.
The industrious midfielder helped Spurs reach the Champions League knock-out stages last season and insists his move to Stoke is by no means a backward step.
"I want to play desperately," he told the club's official website. "I haven't trained with the lads yet but hopefully in a day or two I will be ready to train fully and show the manager that I am ready.
"Hopefully, if I can come through the sessions later this week then I may get the chance to play on Saturday. That would be fantastic.
"I am very happy to be here at Stoke City Football Club and I hope for the future that everything goes well for me personally and obviously for the club.
"I don't think this is a step down for me at all. I want to play football and I have come here to play football and be good for Stoke City.
"I am very happy that Tony Pulis wanted me here, and now I am here I need to show my appreciation to him with good performances on the field. I will do everything I can to repay his confidence.
"I am a player that always wants to win. I don't care whether it is against a big team or a small team. When I go on the field I just want to win games. That's all I want to do."