Winger keeps fingers crossed - exclusive

Last updated : 27 January 2006 By Andy Parsons

The Irishman was frozen out by Chris Eagles during the first half of the season and his starts were limited, and now Paul Sturrock is playing John Hills on the left-hand side of midfield with Chris Brunt moving to Partridge's favoured right-wing spot in recent games.

But the former Liverpool star has signed a contract until the end of the season and is keeping his fingers crossed that he will have a prolonged chance to shine.

He told Footymad: "I have started a couple of games recently: I did ok against Crewe but was quiet against Charlton. But the gaffer wants to try out different formations and keep certain players fresh so he can play them when he sees fit so if I can play my part and hopefully start more often than not then I will be happy.

"You never expect a place in the team because that is up to the manager but I do work hard in training, day in day out so I can impress him and make sure he knows I am eager to play – I have done that throughout my career. But hopefully the time will come this season when I am a regular starter.

"It is good that the manager has kept faith in me by signing me on another contract until the end of the season and I am grateful for that but not it is time for me to repay that faith by putting in performances on the pitch."