Simon Francis is determined to fight for his place at Southend United after rejecting a loan move away from Roots Hall.
The defender has started just one League One match this season after featuring regularly in the Championship last term.
He appeared as a substitute against Nottingham Forest last Tuesday and feels he is near to forcing his way back into Steve Tilson's side.
"I think I'm closer to getting games than I was a couple of months ago and that has to be a positive thing," Francis told the Southend Echo.
"I've been on the bench for the last few games and I'm waiting for a chance. I also want to make sure I take it when it comes my way."
The former Sheffield United man also revealed several League Two clubs made offers to sign him on loan, but he turned down the moves in order to fight for his place in the Shrimpers' side.
"I've just bought a place down in Essex and I don't want to go anywhere else," he added.