Didier Digard is hoping to play a key role in Middlesbrough's Premier League campaign this year.
Having settled into life at the Riverside Stadium following a summer switch from Paris St Germain, the Frenchman is ready to justify his £4million price-tag.
He has shaken off the niggling knocks which plagued his time in his homeland and is keen to make a positive impression in the English top-flight.
"I'm really enjoying playing at the moment," the French U21 international told Boro's official website.
"It was difficult after the long injury I picked up at PSG to get back into regular football but I'm very happy with my game at the moment."
The 22-year-old was forced to bide his time upon his arrival in the North East, with the majority of his early appearances coming from off the bench.
However, an unfortunate injury sustained by fellow midfielder Mohamed Shawky gave him his chance and he has not looked back.
"I could understand that I was a substitute at the beginning of the season because I had to work on my overall fitness," he added.
"But I am up to speed now and determined to take my chance in the team.
"I think Gary O'Neil and I compliment each other. He likes to get forward a bit more whereas I am happy playing just around the defence but pleased to support at the other end of the pitch when needed."
Having established himself in Gareth Southgate's plans, Digard admits that he has set his sights on helping Boro's push to finish in the top half.
"It's difficult to say where we can finish this season but if we can continue our good form, there is no reason why we cannot finish in the top eight," he said.