Richard Wood is hoping he had done enough to give Rotherham United manager Steve Evans a selection headache ahead of Saturday’s Championship clash at home to Brentford.
The centre-half has been unable to dislodge first-choice pairing Craig Morgan and Kari Arnason for the opening league fixtures, but turned in a committed display in the 1-0 Capital One Cup defeat at Swansea City.
“I just want to do as well as I can and stay in the team. That’s up to the manager now. I’ve done what I can,” he said.
“I gave away two sloppy passes. I hope he doesn’t remember that! But, overall, I’m happy and I just want to start playing games. Obviously the two lads who are in there, Arni and Morgs, have made a good start to the season so far. I’m just desperate to get in, desperate to play.”
Wood is one of 14 summer signings made by Evans and the Millers manager knows all about his competitive attributes, describing him as “a real man”.
Wood added: “I had a good pre-season and did well. Obviously it is the manager’s decision and I respect that. I’ve just got to work hard and take my chance when it comes.
“I just want to play football and we’ll see how it pans out in the next few weeks.
“If I do get my chance in the league, I’ll definitely be ready for it.
“I hope I’ve done enough to force my way in. I’d like to think so. I’m working hard, I’m pushing.
“It’s been a good start in the league and we just need to finish it off on Saturday with a win against Brentford.
“Then we can go into the international break with a good start and nine points on the board.”