Victor Anichebe is confident he has finally put his injury worries behind him and is hoping to cement a first team place for Everton this season.
The 24-year-old has previously struggled to hold down a regular place in the first team with niggling fitness problems plaguing his career so far.
The talented striker seems to have hit a purple patch this year though and has not looked back since making a goalscoring return from the treatment table on New Year's Day at West Brom.
Anichebe scored a further four goals in an extended run of league games that played a big part in Everton's strong run-in.
And having featured heavily in the club's pre-season matches this summer the striker is looking forward to the big kick-off against Manchester United on 18 August.
"Everton have always been good for me," he told the club's official website. "When I have come back from injury, they've brought me in gradually.
"Hopefully this year I can cement a place. I think I need to be starting games now. Maybe if it wasn't for my injuries, I already would be and I'd be fit all the time.
"But that's already happened - I put that into the past. I'm 24 now, so I think it's the time where I'm supposed to mature into whatever position and kind of player I am.
"Hopefully people will see more of that now and I can start starting more games and put all my injuries behind me - I pray to God that I do anyway. Everything from there will be fine, I'm sure."