Sunderland defender Paul McShane is determined to stay and fight for his future at the Stadium of Light.
The 22-year-old Republic of Ireland international drifted out of the first-team picture during the second half of last season, but McShane is hoping to be given a fresh start by manager Roy Keane next term.
He commented: "I want to stay at the club and I think I can play every week.
"It is probably the hardest period I have gone through in my career so far. It has been a steep learning curve over the last three months or so to see how the game works.
"I have done everything, I have out-trained everybody, out-performed everybody, so what can you do?
"I've been ripping people's heads off. It's just not nice being out of the team, it's hard to take.
"It's a hard thing to sit on the bench every week or even the stand every week when you are giving it your all.
"The only thing I was short of doing was ripping my heart out of my chest and giving it to him (Keane). I did everything to get myself back in the side, but it didn't happen."