Terry Kennedy says he is determined to make the most of his first-team opportunities this season after battling hard over the summer to overcome a long standing knee problem.
The 20-year-old has impressed in his two starts this season, against QPR and Preston North End and the Academy graduate admits he is now finally able to compete at peak fitness after knee injuries have hampered the early part of his professional career.
Speaking ahead of Saturday's clash at the MK Dons, where he is likely to continue to deputise for the suspended Chris Basham, the young centre-half remarked:
"I am delighted to be back in the first-team and for the first time in two years injury free. Hopefully now I can show my best form on a consistent basis and see where that takes me.
"I have always given 100% when I have been given the opportunity to play by the Gaffer, that's just me, but in terms of fitness I was only every 80% fit at best last season."
The Yorkshireman added: "Whenever I played, whether that was for the first-team or the U21s, I couldn't train for the next few days, sometimes even longer because of my knee.
"In the summer I knew I needed to get my knee sorted and that's why I saw Andy Williams in London, apparently he is one of the best in the business and thankfully everything has worked out for me.
"I was conscience I was in the last year of my contract, the Club have been excellent with, the Gaffer and his staff have too, so I have always been keen to repay the faith they have shown in me."