Stoke midfielder Tom Soares is hoping to play a part in the Potters' Premier League survival bid.
The 22-year-old joined the club in a £1.5million deadline day switch from Crystal Palace, but was left kicking his heels on the sidelines until handed his debut as a substitute in Sunday's defeat at Portsmouth.
The former England U21 international has no qualms at being eased into top flight life by boss Tony Pulis, but is desperate to be involved on a more regular basis.
"I think a lot of people say 'he is still young' and 'he has time'. That is probably right, but you don't think like that. As a young player you just want to play," Soares told The Sentinel.
"But I have to keep working hard in training and show the manager what I have got.
"This is a really big club and the manager obviously knows what he is doing. I just want to get in the team and be part of keeping us up.
"The manager has said to me that he wants to take his time and let me see how they do things around here. I agree with that.
"Obviously I want to be in the team and be part of it and I do find it a bit difficult to be on the side watching."
Soares was part of a Palace side which dropped out of the Premier League on the final day of the 2004/05 campaign.
However, while the season ultimately ended on a disappointing note for the Eagles, there were a number of highs along the way.
A 3-0 win at Tottenham proved Palace could mix it among England's elite and Soares is hoping his new club can achieve a similar result when they welcome a troubled Spurs side to Britannia Stadium on 19th October.
"I made my full debut at Spurs for Palace in a 1-1 draw. If I keep working hard this week, you never know, I might be in the team against them again," added the youngster.
"Tottenham are a massive club, but we got four points off them that season at Palace, which was amazing.
"Hopefully we could do that here. I don't see why not. With the players here, I can see us staying up."