Torquay United winger Lloyd Macklin says he wants to earn himself a new contract at Plainmoor after returning from a three-month injury lay-off.
The 23-year-old has having also missed most of September with a knee injury, and returned in the
"Hopefully I can stay in the team now and earn myself a new deal," Macklin told BBC South West Sport.
"It's been terrible, I couldn't wait to get back."
Macklin initially joined Torquay on loan from Swindon in February 2010 and signed a full-time deal at Plainmoor until summer 2013 at the end of that season.
Since then he has struggled to make an impact at Plainmoor and in May last year.
But after impressing in pre-season and he started to break into the side before his injury problems.
"I've been pushing it and pushing it and it's great to be back now," Macklin continued.
"All my hard work over the past few weeks has paid off.
"Getting into the team and then getting injured twice this season has been hard, so I'm finally back into the team and hopefully this is the last injury now and I can stay in the team."