Hull City midfielder Bryan Hughes hopes to use Tuesday's Carling Cup clash with Swansea City to stake his claim for regular football.
The former Charlton Athletic, Birmingham City and Wrexham man is currently down manager Phil Brown's pecking order following their elevation to England's top flight.
However, managers often tinker with their team in the early rounds of the Carling Cup and Hughes is hoping to get the nod in order for him to force his way back into the reckoning for league matches.
"It is frustrating to not be playing so hopefully the Carling Cup will give one or two a chance to show the manager what they are capable of," the 32-year-old said.
"So I have to look at it as an opportunity to show the boss what I can do - and hopefully give him a bit of a headache over selection.
"I'm not really a great watcher - I'd prefer to be playing - but someone has to watch and at the moment it is me and hopefully it won't last too long.
"Obviously the demands of the Premier League is hard on everyone so that gives the manager a chance to rest one or two players.
"Of course the other players that come in have a chance to stake a claim while the lads who are rested get the chance to freshen up and get themselves ready for the Wigan game on Saturday.
"It's good that we've got a cup game and we can play one or two other players who are itching to get out there."