Reading winger John Oster is content in his current role as a bit-part player in Steve Coppell's side.
Oster has started just three games for The Royals in the Premiership this season, but has often been involved from the bench.
The former Sunderland man is a regular in cup competitions and will get another chance to impress in the FA Cup replay against Manchester United on Tuesday.
With Reading doing well in both league and cup, Oster knows he faces a tough task getting into Coppell's starting line-up.
The Welshman is prepared to bide his time for now and will continue to focus on keeping up his recent run of form.
"I think my career has been stop-start a lot of the time and it's difficult when you're not playing on a regular basis," Oster told The Guardian.
"I think I'm playing well now. I'm coming on [as a substitute] and playing in the cups which isn't ideal but I'm at a club that is doing well.
"It's not so good when you're at a club that isn't doing well and you're not playing.
"That's when you have got to look at yourself."