Jordan Burrow is determined to fight for his place after being limited to just two starts for FC Halifax Town this season.
Burrow was top scorer for Town last season with 18 goals, but has slipped behind Tom Denton in the pecking order under Billy Heath.
The former Lincoln forward was Halifax’s first choice striker last season but believes it’s up to him to work his way back into the team.
“It’s really frustrating for me not playing football,” he said.
“That’s the situation at the moment so it’s down to me to try and do something about it and force my way into the team.
“I think I played 80 minutes in the first game and about 55 in the second one, and I haven’t started since.
“It’s been frustrating personally but it’s down to me to force my way back into the manager’s plans. That can only be done through hard work.”
Denton has started every game for The Shaymen this term, and with Town often playing just one central striker, that has meant no starting spot for Burrow.
“Dents has come in and he’s done well,” Burrow said. “The team’s set-up to play to Dents, and credit to him, he’s done really well and he’s scored nine goals.
“At the moment, the team’s winning so I’ve got to keep my head down and keep working hard, but not playing is really frustrating.
“I do my own stuff away from the club, do my own running and run after games.
“I try to keep myself sharp and try to do myself justice when I do come on.
“I’ve got remain professional, keep doing my job. I’m employed by Halifax and I’ll keep doing my job to the best of my ability, keep working hard.”
Burrow is philosophical about his future, and is planning to stay at Halifax, unless the decision is taken out of his hands.
“I want to keep fighting for my place but that’s not for me to decide,” he said.
“If the manager turns round and says I’m not in his plans I might have to (look elsewhere) but at the moment I’ll keep trying to get in his plans.
“I can only control what I do. I’m going to remain professional and do the best job I can for the club.”
The striker moved into coaching this year, and was in charge of Staveley Miners Welfare’s under 18’s side when they lost to their Halifax counterparts in the FA Youth Cup at The Shay earlier this season.
“I’m enjoying it,” he added. “It’s something new for me.
“We got beat but it was an enjoyable day for all the players, to play on a pitch and a stadium like that.
“You never know, in 15 years it could be something I would be interested in but it’s a long way off yet.
“I’ve got a lot of football to get through first.”