Gary McSheffrey says he is desperate to get more minutes on the pitch as he looks to earn a permanent deal at Chesterfield.
The 31-year-old has been used as a substitute on three occasions since his arrival at the Proact Stadium last month and has set his sights on a position in the starting line up.
The experienced winger, who was a free agent after leaving Coventry City, joined the League Two leaders on an initial four-month deal.
He hasn’t started a competitive game since the end of March but believes he is in a much better physical condition than when he first joined the Spireites.
McSheffrey said: “The manager (Paul Cook) could have thrown me in and my experience could have probably got me through a couple of games.
“But I’m feeling sharper and fitter than when I joined the club and obviously I want to start and get a lot more game time.
“Hopefully I can do enough to earn myself a contract. This is a good club to be at and it’s going in the right direction.”
After starting his career at Coventry, he moved to Birmingham City in a deal worth around £3.5million in 2006. He rejoined the Sky Blues three years ago after spells on loan at Nottingham Forest and Leeds United.
And McSheffrey said he was impressed by what he has seen at Chesterfield.
“The first manager to ring me was Paul Cook and I liked what he was saying,” he said. “He impressed me.
“I’ve never played at this level before, any player wants to play as high as you can for as long as you can, but if there was a club in this league that I was going to come to, it was going to be Chesterfield.”
McSheffrey may well get his chance this Saturday, when the Spireites visit Morecambe, with Gary Roberts suspended for three games following his red card in the 1-0 defeat to rivals Mansfield Town.