Louis Dodds is determined to force his way into Micky Adams' plans at Port Vale and earn a new contract.
The striker's current deal expires in the summer and he has started just three league games this season for the Staffordshire club, making 12 substitute appearances.
He has scored only twice this season, and last season managed only seven goals in 41 appearances.
Dodds told The Sentinel: "If I start games and get some goals, then maybe everybody can think about the old Louis Dodds rather than the one who is having bit-part roles.
"I need to show that I'm worth retaining because I've got goals in me.
"Hopefully I'll get some game time over the next few weeks and start showing everyone what I can do.
"If you asked the gaffer now which players will get new contracts he'd probably tell you there's a long time to go until the decisions are made.
"For players like me who are not in the squad there's still time to show we merit another deal.
"When I get on the pitch I usually get a good chance and more often than not I either make the keeper work or I finish it.
"So I think it's a case that the longer I play the more chances and goals I'll get.
"I'm relaxed and I'm not going to get disheartened because I know that when I do come on I'll get the chance to prove myself."