Exeter Chiefs forward Aly Muldowney says he is ready to take his chance and stake his claim for a regular place in the side's starting line-up.
The 28-year-old has been a replacement in the Chiefs past three matches, but could feature from the start following Peter Short's broken leg.
"It is not a good thing that has happened to Shorty," Muldowney told BBC Radio Devon.
"But if I get selected, if I get the chance, I'll just try and take it."
Muldowney's rise up the rugby pyramid has seen the second row play at Glasgow, Moseley and Stourbridge before getting his chance with the Chiefs.
"It's really surreal when I think that a few years ago I was playing down at my local club in Stafford," he continued.
"It's been a lot of hard work over the past few years and a lot of moving around and I'm finally here and I really want to settle here and do the best for myself and the team," he added.