Arsenal youngster Conor Henderson is determined to regain full fitness after his knee injury and secure a loan move away from the Emirates.
The 20-year-old is inching his way towards peak physical condition after almost a year on the sidelines.
Henderson missed eight months of last term after he suffered a cruciate ligament injury before suffering a minor setback once he had recovered.
However, he is once again showing his promise for the Gunners as he bagged a brace against Bolton in an Under 21 fixture on Monday.
"It was frustrating last year because obviously I got injured in pre-season with the first team, and that took eight months to come back from," Henderson told the club's official website.
"Then I returned and played a few times for the reserves, before tweaking my cartilage in training and that ruled me out for the rest of the season.
"I only started playing again this pre-season. I had a few Arsenal XI games, and now I feel like I am getting back to full fitness."
Arsene Wenger is blessed with a wealth of midfield options and Henderson is aware he may have to leave his North London stable to get some much-needed first-team games.
"It is important for me to get games this season," he added.
"I think the plan for me now is to go out on loan, get some first-team experience and see where I go from there.
"A few clubs are asking about me but I think they want to see I am match fit before they take me, so hopefully I can have a few more games for the Under 21s and do that."