Bolton Wanderers midfielder David Thompson is hoping to earn a long-term stay at the Reebok Stadium, despite struggling to make his mark in the last few months.
The 29-year-old joined the Trotters in January from Portsmouth, but has made just one start to date for Sam Allardyce's side and his short-term contract runs out in the summer.
He told the club's official website: "I probably need to play more games to convince the boss I am worthy of a contract, but I am hopeful because it is a club I would like to stay at.
"They are a good set of lads and it is a club going in the right direction, and I would love to be a part of it next season if we qualify for Europe.
"To be honest I didn't realise that I was so off the pace when I arrived. I was carrying a bit of excess weight and I was probably not as fit as I should have been.
"But I worked on it and lost weight and I feel like I am in a position where I can make an impact on the team now.
"I know there are only four games to go, but they are four massive games which will have a big impact on what we do next season."