Shittu aims for starting berth

07 March 2009 06:03
Out-of-favour Bolton defender Danny Shittu has vowed to get his head down and try and force his way back into the Trotters' starting line-up. The 28-year-old has been linked with a move away from the Reebok - with Birmingham recently having a loan bid turned down for the player - after making just seven starts since his £2million summer switch from Watford. But Bolton boss Gary Megson has issued a "definitive statement" that Shittu will not be loaned out this term. The player himself is concentrating on working hard to try and force his way into the starting line-up. He told The Bolton News: "I am not happy not playing because I am here to play. "I came here to play football and that is why I am still working hard every day in training to make sure I get a chance to play because that was the plan when I came here. My plan is still the same." His chances this term have only come when Gary Cahill has been injured or suspended, and there is now even more competition for places with Sebastien Puygrenier's arrival on loan from Zenit St Petersburg. But Shittu remains focussed on his Bolton career. "I believe I have done well each time I have been given a chance," he said. "I have a lot of respect for this football club so I don't want to say anything right now. The important thing is that I am here now, and I believe I am doing my best to get into the team."

Source: SKY_Sports