Andrew Davies is raring to go for Middlesbrough after a spell on the sidelines and is desperate to prove himself during the rest of the season.
The Teesside-born central defender, who began his career with Boro, is back on loan with Tony Mowbray's side from Stoke City after slipping down the pecking order at the Britannia Stadium.
Mowbray brought him in following the 4-3 home defeat to Swansea in February and he impressed in the 3-2 win at Millwall before suffering a hamstring injury against QPR in the next game.
The 26-year-old has missed the last five matches but is now back in training and hopes to feature against Leicester City next Saturday and then push on for the rest of the season in a bid to earn a permanent switch to The Riverside next term.
Davies, who spent six weeks training with Boro over the Christmas period, told the club's official website: "I want to impress the manager and hopefully we can sort something out in the summer.
"I think the manager is fantastic. I like the way he works and the way he trains. I want to be part of what Tony is trying to do here. Middlesbrough is in my blood and I want to come back to the club so much.
"It hurt me when I was recalled by Stoke during my training spell here because I just wanted to do well. Then everything was rosy when I played in our win at Millwall, so it was so hard to take when I was injured in the very next match.
"I was so keen to impress and show the manager what I can do, so it's been very frustrating, though I know it could have been a lot worse. But I want to do so well.
"Fortunately, I have great support from the coaching staff at Boro, who believe in me. But I'm back in full training and I want to play against Leicester."
Davies knows it will be tough to force his way into the starting line-up but he is up for the fight.
"I love the challenge," he insisted. "When I was last here, I was competing with the likes of Gareth Southgate, Ugo Ehiogu and Jonathan Woodgate for a place in the team and I enjoyed that.
"Now I've got more excellent defenders to compete with for a place in the team, but everyone is going to be needed in these final nine games.
"It's a big month coming up. If I can play a part, if I am needed, then I'll be happy."