LEE FOWLER is itching for a midfield chance against Walsall tomorrow - even though he can't keep his place!
The 21-year-old comes into the reckoning for League action because both Jon Worthington and Danny Schofield are suspended.
It's the break Fowler has been waiting for, but he will miss next weekend's Coca-Cola trip to Torquay because he's on duty with the Wales Under 21 side in UEFA qualifiers against England and Poland.
"It has been frustrating to be out of the team, I'm not going to lie about that," said Fowler, who notched his first senior Town goal against Morecambe in midweek to add to his promotion-clinching penalty shoot-out winner against Mansfield in the play-offs.
"I have spoken to the gaffer about things and it is difficult because the lads have been playing really well.
"The manager can't change things for favouritism, he has to pick his best XI, so I've just had to sit tight.
"Luckily for me, an opportunity looks to have arisen because of suspensions so I've got to look to make the most of it.
"All I can do is go in and play my best for the team. If I get dropped again after that, at least I've done my bit when I've had the chance."
Worthington misses tomorrow's match only while Schofield sits out the next three.
"If I get a game, it's up to me to prove I want to stay in there," added Fowler. "It's one of those things that I'll miss the Torquay game next week, but hopefully the Wales games will be shown on TV and the gaffer can see my form from there.
"The Welsh Under 21s have been important to me this season. When I couldn't get a game with Town, I went away with Wales and played well, which helped my confidence.
"Hopefully I can now continue that into the season as a whole."
Fowler by-passed a penalty chance against Morecambe for his first Town goal - allowing Junior Mendes to get off the mark - but was rewarded with a cracking last-minute free-kick.
"I've been hitting them well in training," explained Fowler, who has cut out alcohol as part of a new diet and fitness regime. "I don't know whether it's my new boots or because I'm over all the groin injuries, but it's nice to strike a free-kick so well and see it go in.
"It was great to get a goal other than in pre-season friendlies or penalty shoot-outs, because it's been a while coming.
"To be honest, about 70% of me wanted to take the penalty, but I knew how much it would mean to Junior to get off the mark.
"I know how much he thinks about the game and a goal could really help kick-start things for him.
"Hopefully he will now go on and get 15-plus goals this season, whereas he might have had to carry on waiting a bit longer if he hadn't taken that penalty the other night."