Cheltenham striker Darryl Duffy wants more first-team football

Darryl Duffy: Cheltenham Town striker is hoping for a recall

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Cheltenham striker Darryl Duffy insists he is champing at the bit after being starved of first-team football this season.

The 28-year-old has managed just one start this term, and has found the net only once, despite finishing last year as the club's top scorer with a tally of 15.

Duffy's contract at Whaddon Road is set to expire at the end of the season and he says that he is keen to stay at Cheltenham, but only if he is given regular first-team action.

"I don't want to sit on the bench at all because I'm 28 years old now and I need to be playing football," Duffy told Sky Sports.

"I've got no interest in sitting on the bench every week and I have been banging on the manager's door on regular occasions to enquire about a short-term loan spell, but he keeps telling me that it is a no at the minute.

"He wants me in his squad, which is fair enough, but at 28 years of age I really want to be just playing football every week.

"I've had a lot of different clubs during my career, but in my whole career I've only been a free agent once and my record of moves proves that I simply don't take sitting on the bench too well because once that happens I'm happy to move elsewhere and work with a clean slate.

"I'm quite happy to be patient and wait for my chance to come round and hopefully when that happens I can grasp it by playing well and maybe scoring a goal or two, like I did against Oxford.

"I have been quite unfortunate in that respect because even last season when I was top goalscorer at the club I wasn't always the first pick up front.

"At other clubs the top scorer usually gets an automatic starting place, but that didn't happen last year and it certainly hasn't worked in my favour this season to date.

"I just need to keep plugging away and when I do get either a start or a decent cameo appearance from the bench it is down to me to impress."