Will Hatfield admits he is fighting for his FC Halifax Town future with just two games of the season to go.
The Town midfielder is targeting a start in Saturday’s home game with Torquay (3.0) and for their visit to Woking next week in order to impress boss Neil Aspin.
Hatfield has started the last four games for Town having previously not played for nearly a month and is keen to extend his stay into next season.
“Obviously my contract’s up at the end of the season so for all the players in that situation, we’re all fighting for our places,” he said.
“I’d definitely put myself in that bracket but as long as I’m playing I’ll do my best to try and be here next season because I love it here.
“I probably speak for everyone who is out of contract by saying that you want to do well to earn the next one.
“If the gaffer sees enough in me for next season then I’d love to be here and fighting again to get us into the Football League.”
Hatfield scored his first Halifax goal on his return to the side against Macclesfield and has started every game since.
The midfielder is happy with his form after his spell on the sidelines.
“I think I’ve done well,” he said. “There was a period of time when I was out of the team for a while which I was really disappointed with.
“But I’ve come back in, finally got my first goal for the club, which was nice.
“Obviously Barnet was an off-day for the whole team, myself included, but we put a good shift in for 90 minutes against Eastleigh.
“I thought we did OK but there’s more to come from us. We’ve got two more games to go and hopefully I can play both of them and keep on impressing to earn another contract.”
Hatfield has made 18 appearances for Town this season, starting 12 matches, and has only been losing on the losing side five times.
But the former Leeds youngster believes the Town fans are yet to see the best of him.
“I think in glimpses they may have done but I need to be more consistent in my performances,” he said.
“But that comes with a good run of games.
“You can’t be in and out of the team because you’re not going to get your best form.
“You need a good run to get your fitness up so we’ll see what happens.
“When I was on loan I felt I did well and that earned me my contract here.
“But then I found myself out of the team for whatever reason.
“It was just a case of keeping myself fit when I wasn’t playing and when the chance came in I had to take it.
“Luckily when I did come back in I scored and I feel like I’m contributing.”
Hatfield wants to end the season on a positive note and is targeting maximum points against Torquay and Woking.
“We want to finish on a high,” he added. “We’ve had a bad couple of results but the gaffer’s said we need to come in on Saturday, be positive and aim to get the three points.
“We can’t finish on a low. We want to get a couple of wins and finish as high as we can.”