Ryan Taylor is hoping to put his injury nightmare behind him and earn a new contract at Wigan.
The 24-year-old's current deal is set to expire at the end of the season and a troublesome shin problem has prevented him from featuring for the Latics this season.
He sustained the knock during a pre-season trip to Austria, ruling him out for the start of the campaign.
He has returned to the fold of late but has been forced to settle for a place on the bench as Wigan launch an assault on the top half of the Premier League table.
There was strong speculation over the summer that he may be set to leave the JJB Stadium after three years with the club, but Taylor insists he would be happy to commit his long-term future to Steve Bruce's side.
"I'm out of contract in the summer so I need to start playing again," the full-back told the Wigan Evening Post.
"I've just turned 24 and in the transfer market that's a good age. I would like to stay if there is a contract offered.
"I've been here just over three years and it's been tough at times because of the injuries, a bit of a rollercoaster.
"If I want to earn myself a contract here or elsewhere I have to be playing."
He added: "People in the game need to see you play - they can't rely on having seen you two years ago and what you did then.
"In football you never know what's round the corner.
"In the summer I was reading in the papers that I was supposed to be leaving Wigan - one report said I had actually left.
"I don't know how true some of the speculation was, obviously some of it wasn't because I'm still here."