Wayne Brown is enjoying a regular role in the Bristol Rovers side this season and hopes his form will earn him a new deal.
Wayne Brown is enjoying a regular role in the Bristol Rovers side this season and hopes his consistent form will be rewarded with a new contract.
The versatile midfielder's current deal, which he signed in the summer, expires in December and talks are taking place between the club and his agent about an extension until the end of the campaign.
Brown missed most of last season due to a broken ankle but Pirates manager Mark McGhee saw enough promise during the final few games to offer him a short-term contract and give him the opportunity to prove he can be part of his long-term plans.
Since then the 24-year-old has put his injury problems firmly behind him by being involved in virtually all the club's games this season.
Brown, who moved to the Memorial Stadium from Craven Cottage back in 2010, said: "I've been really pleased with the amount of game time I've had this year. I've had no reaction from the injury that I suffered last year so I'm delighted that's fully behind me and the consistency of my performances.
"I had a long-term injury so Mark McGhee didn't get to see me in a lot of games but from what he saw in training he wanted to take a punt and give me a six month deal. I was really grateful to get that opportunity and I've come back this year and played in virtually all the games and showed him what I've got to offer in different positions.
"It was a good confidence boost to me because another manager might have shown me the door but he showed belief in me and I'm delighted to have paid him back with my performances and game time.
"I think my best quality is that I can play in different positions such as behind the striker, in the middle or down the left or right wings so the manager knows I can do a good job wherever he puts me.
"I can fill in at most attacking positions and that's been a key factor in why I've played so much this season.
"I'm just working as hard as possible and I think my agent is in negotiations with the club about a new deal. I'll leave him to do his work and I'll keep putting 100% effort in, as I always do, on the pitch.
"Every player wants as much security as possible - sometimes these things are given to you and you have to make a decision on what's best for you. I'll have to assess these factors in January and go from there really. But I've just got to keep working hard and putting in good performances."
Rovers are currently struggling in the lower reaches of League Two but Brown remains confident they can turn the corner and push up towards the play-offs.
He said: "We've been up and down as a team really. We had a sloppy start and we've struggled to find the consistency we need to push right up the table.
"But there are plenty of games still to play and if we can get a run together then we can make up the gap quite easily and push towards the play-offs.
"The manager is always upbeat and confident about the way we play and I think he's confident in us and what we can do. Once we get a couple of players back then from December we'll have a really strong squad and be aiming to really kick on."