Wolves striker Jay Bothroyd has insisted that a move away from Molineux was never an option.
Bothroyd, who signed for the Midlands club in 2006 on a free transfer, had to wait until Saturday's game against Charlton for his first start of the season.
The 25-year-old has struggled to break into Mick McCarthy' side following the arrival of Stephen Elliott and Freddy Eastwood.
But the forward took his opportunity with both hands after netting the opener in the 2-0 win over Alan Pardew's men.
Bothroyd admits that a move away from Wolves would have been the easy option, but he explained that his affection for the club made him all the more determined to break back into the starting XI.
"It's been difficult not being involved because I'm an emotional player and I want to be playing all the time," he told the Birmingham Mail.
"It wasn't to be but the staff and my team-mates have helped me to keep my head down and keep working hard which is all I can do.
"Hopefully I've given the manager a good problem now but that's what it's all about, healthy competition.
"I could have maybe thought about going elsewhere to try and get first team football but I didn't want to.
"Like I said when I first arrived I want to stay here and honour my contract. I love being here and love the fans so I just want to keep working hard and fight for my place.
"I could have taken the easy way out but I wanted to fight for my position and earn it.
"It would have been easy to carry on moving around and with a team like this wanting promotion it's hard to keep your spot but while I might have been at the back of the queue hopefully I'm not now."