Manchester City boss Stuart Pearce has handed out-of-favour defender Danny Mills hope of a future with the Citizens.
The 29-year-old former England full-back was loaned out to Hull City earlier this season, but saw his time with the Tigers cut short by injury.
However, Pearce has told Mills to follow the example of Nicky Weaver and battle his way back into the first-team picture at Eastlands.
He told the club's official website: "Our squad is not big enough to write anybody off and Danny has the same chance of getting into the first team as anyone else.
"Danny lost his place to Micah Richards. We have all seen what he has gone on to do, so I don't think that is a disgrace.
"He then went off to play some football at Hull and was doing extremely well until he got injured.
"This time last season, I am sure some people may have written Nicky Weaver off, but you only have to look at how many games he has played for us this season to see what can happen."