Peterborough United defender Craig Alcock has said that he is pleasantly surprised to have broken into the first XI so soon after moving to the club.
The 23-year-old, who arrived from Yeovil this summer, began the season on the bench but has started their past four matches.
He told BBC Radio Cambridgeshire: "It's been a bit of a surprise to get in the side, but in a good way.
"I've tried to be realistic and didn't just assume I'd be playing every week."
Alcock has come into the side at left-back despite having spent most of his career as a right-sided defender.
He has been working hard to adapt to his new role, and is confident he will prove equally effective on the left.
"I'd be lying if I said I'd played loads of my football at left-back, but it's another string to my bow," he said.
"If the gaffer wants me at left-back then I'm happy to play there. It's all about what's good for the team."
Peterborough have won both of their home matches in the league so far this season and picked up a hard-fought point at Millwall.
"As whole team we'll always be looking to improve, and we shouldn't have any fear given the teams we've already played," added Alcock.
"I suppose a clean sheet is our most immediate target. That would be great."