Aaron Wilbraham says he has always felt a part of Paul Lambert's plans and has rejected a number of offers this season to leave Norwich on loan.
The form of the Canaries' other strikers has made it difficult for Wilbraham to break into the side this term but he insists Lambert still deals well with the players not featuring regularly.
The 32-year-old was given an opportunity off the substitutes' bench on Saturday and responded with his first goal of the season in Norwich's 2-1 defeat at Norwich.
He insists he has never considered leaving Carrow Road on a temporary basis as he wants to show what he can do in the Premier League.
"I've always felt part of the team," he told the Norwich Evening News.
"I have never felt not involved and that's one thing the manager is good at. He keeps everyone involved and no one feels out of it so I've never really wanted to leave once."
Wilbraham also admitted he was not the only player given the chance to leave Norfolk in search of regular football but the whole squad wants to remain part of the feel-good factor at Norwich.
He said: "There have been (offers from) teams throughout the season, like there have been for a few other players as well, but you want to stay in the Premier League and you want to do well.
"Everyone is disappointed (not to play) but everyone sticks together and that is something special that we've got here, that we can do that.
"Everyone who doesn't play is always wishing the lads who are starting well and I think we've got a really good togetherness at this club."
Lambert said earlier in the campaign that he had received several offers for Wilbraham but the striker has always felt like he is wanted by the Canaries.
"The manager has always said that he has wanted me to stay," he said.
"That's the main thing when people come in for you, and I have just wanted to do the best I can."
The Norwich boss has also proved very adept at rotating his squad - with 25 players used so far this season - and Wilbraham is prepared to wait for more opportunities after breaking his Premier League duck at Craven Cottage.
"It (squad rotation) is what the manager is good at," he said. "It's not just me who is in this position of having to wait for my chances. There's a whole lot of other players in the squad who miss out and who don't even get on the bench.
"Obviously it's what you want to do, you want to score goals as a striker, but it doesn't make me a Premier League striker because I have only scored one goal.
"You want to keep scoring once you have scored one, but I'll just keep waiting for my chance and when I get on try to do my best like I always do."