Nottingham Forest keeper Dorus de Vries is keen to prove himself after a long, frustrating spell on the sidelines.
The Dutchman, 33, signed a two-year-deal last summer, but has been second choice behind in-form Karl Darlow.
"It was great to be back on the pitch. It's hard to take just watching," he told BBC East Midlands Today.
"As soon as I arrived at Forest I wanted to become number one, but unfortunately it didn't work out that way.
"Darlow has had a great season until picking up the shoulder injury against Birmingham.
"That has created an opportunity for me to play again, which I have been looking forward to because it's been a while since I turned out in both cup competitions."
De Vries made a name for himself in British football at Swansea City, where he was a regular in the Swans' League One title-winning side.
In 2010-09, at Championship level, he kept a club record 25 clean sheets to beat the previous mark of 22 set by Roger Freestone.
He later moved on to Premier League Wolves where his opportunities were limited, partly because of injury, before signing on at the City Ground on a free transfer.
De Vries is now looking to make up for lost time as Forest's play-off hopes go down to the wire with the trip to Bournemouth preceding a home game with top-six rivals Brighton.
He said: "As a goalkeeper it is different to an outfield player. They pick up injuries more quickly, are substituted and get more fatigued throughout the season.
"Once a first and second choice has been made [between keepers] you are limited and waiting for that one opportunity. Either the first-team goalie has to have a nightmare, is ill or picks up an injury.
"I've been in situations before where someone is injured and all of a sudden you have to be ready, and I am."