Michael Tonge has pledged his willingness to stay at Stoke and fight for a first team place.
The 27-year-old was thought to be surplus to requirements under Tony Pulis at the Britannia Stadium but was given game time as a second-half substitute in their 2-1 defeat to Wolves.
Tonge moved to Stoke two years ago for £2million from Sheffield United but has failed to make an impression at the Potters.
He was sent out on loan to Derby for the remainder of last season in January and it was thought he may move back to Pride Park on a permanent basis.
However Pulis' decision to bring Tonge into the fray on Saturday appears to give the impression that he is still willing to give the player, and the midfielder has stated his desire to repay his manager.
"Without a shadow of a doubt, it is good to be back," he said.
"I'm just going to work hard in training and hopefully I'll get opportunities."