Northampton Town defender Pat Kanyuka is hoping to prove he deserves a more long-term contract with the League Two club.
The 22-year-old had been without a club since a knee operation in May after he rejected a month-by-month deal at Swindon before joining Northampton last week.
He signed a three-month contract at Sixfields and is eager to grasp his opportunity after being on the bench for last Saturday's 4-2 win at Morecambe.
"I rejected the deal at Swindon as I was looking for something more permanent but then things got difficult," said Kanyuka.
"I was on trial at Southampton, and their manager got sacked, then I was offered a deal at Motherwell but I failed a medical.
"I went to train at Lilleshall for a few weeks to build up my fitness and when I came back everyone had a full squad so I was in the wilderness.
"It was difficult then to get a chance anywhere so I am very grateful to Northampton for giving me this chance and I have got to take it."