Liam Rosenior is relishing playing for Reading after putting a frustrating time on the sidelines behind him.
The 23-year-old moved to the Royals last summer but had to wait until club captain Graeme Murty was injured last month before finally getting a run of games in his preferred position of right-back.
The former England Under 21 international is now delighted to be helping the team in their fight against relegation.
He said: "If you aren't picked for 20 games it's hard because that's a good four months of the season. Some days I wasn't even in the 16 when we were travelling away and I was watching Soccer Saturday at home. It was frustrating.
"You want those people to be talking about you and saying what a good player you are but at the same time it makes you hungrier and more focused to make sure you stay there once you get in the team.
"You have to be confident when you get the chance to perform and do what you love to do. I love playing and performing in front of crowds. I am in the first team arena and want to make sure I keep it that way by helping the team and being a positive part of it."
The Royals have picked up results since their club-record sequence of eight successive defeats plunged them into a relegation fight.
They now host relegation rivals Birmingham - who have lost just once in their last six games - at The Madejski Stadium on Saturday.
Rosenior added: "Every game until the end of the season is going to be the biggest game until we get ourselves out of it.
"We have got to be aim to be out of the relegation battle before the last two or three games and if we apply ourselves like we have done in the last two or three games then we have a really good chance of doing that.
"Losing eight games in a row is going to affect anyone's confidence but we have come back and regrouped."