Ian Harte admits he is fighting to save his Reading career as he faces six games to play his way to a new contract - and possibly a Premier League swansong.
Harte was a surprise signing from Carlisle at the start of last season and has been putting in some vintage performances for the promotion-chashing Royals.
And the former Leeds man is hoping to get one more chance at playing in the top-flight after a four-year absence.
"If it is to work out here, which I would love as all my family have moved down, it would be amazing," he said.
"I have just got to play as well as I can and it's up to the management to decide if I am to get a new contract. If I did get one, I would be delighted, if not then I just have to wish them all the best.
"Please God, I would love the opportunity, but the only one who can answer that is the gaffer."
The 34-year-old defender has worked under some of the biggest names in the top-flight including George Graham, Terry Venables and Mick McCarthy.
Harte insists that mild-mannered current manager Brian McDermott is up there with the best of them and is being repaid for his decision not to desert the club last season by getting Reading promoted.
"The gaffer is probably the calmest manager I've ever worked under," said Harte to GetReading.
"He's spent small compared to other big clubs in this division and he's working wonders. He did it last year and it was disappointing we lost in the play-off final, but we're back again.
"There was Premier League interest in him and he decided to stay. I think it's the best decision he's made because it might have unsettled the team.
"It's a tight team unit and we're all in it together with the staff. We've got one goal and that's to get promoted."