Scott Loach admits the next few weeks are likely to determine whether he has a long-term future at Ipswich Town.
The former England Under-21 international has benefited from an unfortunate injury to fellow goalkeeper Dean Gerken to force his way back into Mick McCarthy's plans.
He hopes to have done enough to prove that he is deserving of an extended run in the side.
Loach is, however, prepared to admit that he will be left with little choice but to consider his options if he finds himself back on the sidelines once Gerken returns to full fitness.
"Gerks has done well, but I just want to play games," said the 25-year-old shot-stopper.
"I was fortunate enough to play a lot of games at Watford and I don't want to get into that mode of being a No.2.
"I'm not being big-headed, but I was in the England U21 squad and played 130-odd games for Watford. You don't do that if you are a bad keeper.
"I have had to wait for my turn and hopefully I have left the gaffer with a little problem.
"I'm ready to play, but if not, there will have to be a conversation to see where I go from here.
"I'm not going to spit my dummy out. I'm going to keep working hard because that's what will hurt me the most, sitting around sulking."