Matt Godden hopes a run of games on loan at Dartford can remind parent club Scunthorpe United and other sides of his talent.
The striker, who has joined the Darts for a month, is out of contract at Glanford Park at the end of the season
The 22-year-old told BBC Radio Kent: "It's a massive year for me, whether it's at Scunthorpe or here.
"I need to get back into Scunthorpe's first team and look at the bigger picture next year."
He added: "Whether I'm playing in Scunthorpe's first team because I've impressed when I've gone back or impressed other clubs, that's my main aim when I'm here."
Godden, from Faversham, marked his return to his birth county with a goal on his debut, scoring the equaliser in the 1-1 draw with Salisbury City on Tuesday.
He has missed most of this season through injury but believes playing regular football is the best way to put his name out there.
"To be playing games, having been out injured, is ideal," he continued.
"By the looks of the lads, the manager, the surroundings, I can't see myself not being happy here [at Dartford].
"It's the other end that matters. If Scunthorpe want me back, I'm a Scunthorpe player.
"When I got injured at Scunthorpe, the manager [Brian Laws] was praising me but they had to bring in reinforcements. When I went back into training the other week, there were six strikers.
"Even if I am three, four or two in the pecking order, I need to be playing football.
"There's no way a manager's going to put me into his first team in the Football League without playing a single game of football. I need games."