Curtis Davies has signalled his intent to Aston Villa boss Martin O'Neill by declaring that he is 'ready for action'.
The defender played a full 90 minutes for the reserves on Tuesday, following his recent recovery from a hamstring injury.
Davies, who joined Villa on a season-long loan from West Brom, faces some tough competition to break into the starting XI.
Martin Laursen and Zat Knight currently occupy the first-team spots but Davies has insisted he is now ready should O'Neill require his services.
Out in the cold
"I'm ready to kick on and get into the first team. I'm ready for action and I'm ready to start," he told the club's official website.
Davies was on the bench for Villa's last game against Manchester City, and he has expressed his delight at being back among the matchday squad.
"It was good to be part of the 16 on Sunday - even if we didn't get the result we wanted," he added.
"I've been out in the cold for five weeks, so it was great to be part of it. Hopefully next time it will be in a playing capacity.
"Now I'll keep working hard in training, keep trying to impress and hopefully I'll get the nod."