HOPEFUL left-back Danny Adams will be handed another chance to impress when Town try to chalk up a sixth straight League I win at home to Colchester tomorrow (3.00).
And it will also be a big afternoon for centre-back Nathan Clarke, who takes the captain's armband from injured Jon Worthington, and Lee Fowler, who will fill the vacant midfield berth in a ninth-placed side which can keep alive outside hopes of making the play-offs.
Boss Peter Jackson has confirmed 29-year-old former Stockport man Adams will be back in the starting XI after his winning debut against Doncaster last week.
The Mancunian is on non-contract terms at the Galpharm and desperate to land a long-term deal.
While eager to match last season's run of six wins on the trot, Jackson is also looking to next season.
Left-back has been a problem position, with Rob Edwards, Anthony Lloyd, David Mirfin, Nat Brown, Tony Carss and Tom Clarke all tried there.
And it seems the rugged Adams - a regular at Stockport until the departure of Sammy McIlroy earlier this season - could fit the bill.
"To say it was his first senior game in two months, I thought Danny did exceptionally well against Doncaster, and he will deservedly be back in the side tomorrow," said Jackson.
"His attitude has been first-class and this is his opportunity to prove to me he's worth a permanent contract."
Wales Under 21 player Fowler has failed to hold down a regular starting place this season, but now has the chance to showcase his talents.
"Lee got the nod ahead of Michael Collins because of his extra experience, and with Jon Worthington now out for the rest of this season, the chance is there for him to stake his claim to a regular starting place."
While Town have won six out of their last seven home games, 14th-placed Colchester, unbeaten in seven outings in all, haven't lost away in four.
"They'll give us a good test, but we have to win to keep our play-off hopes going, and that's what we aim to do," added Jackson.