John Oster is determined to prove he is worthy of a regular first team place at Reading.
The midfielder was backed to be a massive star when he joined Everton for £1.5million from Grimsby 10 years ago but has so far failed to live up to his label.
The 28-year-old, who counts Sunderland and Leeds amongst his former clubs, has made just three league starts for the Royals this season and recently penned a new deal to keep him at the Madjeski Stadium until 2008.
He is set to earn a starting place against Liverpool on Saturday but admits he will leave in the summer if he is offered the right deal.
"I've had to be patient but this is a good chance to get in and play well," he told the Daily Star.
"It's important to do well. I've been waiting all season for this chance and it is in my hands.
"I'll weigh up the situation in the summer. But, if nothing comes about, then I'm more than happy to stay here and fight for my place."