George Baldock wants to make up for lost time, after an injury hit campaign to date.
Speaking ahead of Saturday's televised clash against his brother Sam and his Reading side, United's number two is looking for a prolonged run in Chris Wilder's starting XI.
He commented: "I started the season in the team and obviously had the high of scoring on the first day of the season against Swansea.
"I did my ankle after about 20 minutes at Middlesbrough, but I didn't feel I could come off, we were 3-0 down and I just thought I needed to get through it.
"The problem ended up being worse than first thought and it was six weeks on the sidelines and Kieron (Freeman) came in and has played well."
Baldock added: "It is a long season though and you just have to be ready to take your opportunity when selected and do what you can to keep your shirt.
"I want to keep my place, but it was a similar story last season, when you have so many good players you have to be on your toes to keep your place, Kieron is a good mate, a great lad and we are always rooting for each other."