Port Vale midfielder Colin Daniel says he is determined to fight for a first-team place, revealing that he turned down the chance to go out on loan.
The 26-year-old came on as a substitute to score what proved to be the winner in Saturday's 2-1 defeat of Colchester.
Daniel, who has started only two league matches so far this season, told BBC Radio Stoke: "It is really hard but you've just got to stick at it.
"I said I wanted to stay and fight for my place."
The former Macclesfield player has now scored two goals for Vale since joining from Mansfield a free transfer in June.
"If someone is playing in your position, you just want them to do well. If the team is doing well, you can't really moan," Daniel continued.
"When you do get your chance, you've got to try and take it."
Port Vale manager Rob Page added: "Colin has not had an easy time of late. He was one of them that I said might not be in my plans.
"He was getting frustrated with not having too much game time and circumstances change.
"I felt the time was right to introduce him to the squad.
"He came on and had an impact straight away - and that's football for you."