Nick Proschwitz is desperate to make up for lost time and hit the ground running at Brentford.
The German striker joined on a permanent deal from Hull City last week after just five league starts in two years at the KC Stadium.
However, Proschwitz opened his account for his new club in Tuesday night’s thrilling Capital One Cup win against Dagenham and is hoping to cement a regular spot in Mark Warburton’s starting XI.
He said: “I wasn’t playing as much as I would have liked at Hull, so that’s why I came to Brentford. I want to play regularly and be a big part in the team.
“When I signed for Hull two years ago that’s what I was expecting but for a number of reasons it didn’t work out. I never felt I had a fair chance.”
Proschwitz played 31 times during his debut season at the KC Stadium following a £2.5million switch from Bundesliga side SC Paderborn, scoring five goals.
However, he featured just a handful of times last campaign following promotion to the Premier League and was shipped out on loan to Barnsley in January.
“The first season I felt I played my part and scored against Cardiff in the game we clinched promotion,” he said. “But it’s not great when you’re not playing and don’t get much attention from the manager.
“I’m experienced enough to be able to handle the situation. If I have the manager’s backing and get a run in the side I will score goals.”
Brentford offered Proschwitz an escape route last week and he jumped at the chance to move to west London on an initial one-year deal with an option.
The target man got off the mark against the Daggers and hopes the close-range effort can trigger a scoring spree, starting at Bournemouth on Saturday.
He added: “It wasn’t the best goal but I will take it. It was important to get off the mark quickly, so to do it on my first start was great. Strikers thrive on confidence and hopefully I can go on a bit of a run now.”