MATTHEW Briggs reckons the next 10 months are 'massive' for his Fulham career.
The young full-back has featured just 28 times since making his debut at Middlesbrough back in 2007.
Briggs is in the final year of his contract at Craven Cottage and the club is yet to open negotiations about a new deal.
And the 22-year-old, who has made two substitute appearances so far, admits the remainder of the campaign is crucial.
He said: “This season's massive for me.
“I came through the academy here and feel at home. It's still my dream to play regularly in the Premier League for Fulham.
“We haven't spoken about a new contract, but of course I would love to stay on.
"It’s been difficult to nail down a spot because we’ve also got John Arne Riise and Kieran Richardson.
"I have to work hard and fight for my place, and if not I’m happy to go on loan.”
Briggs spent spells at Championship duo Bristol City and Watford last campaign following loans at Leyton Orient and Peterborough earlier in his career.
And the south Londoner is open to another temporary move away from Fulham to boost his development.
He added: “I have played in the U21s for five years, so I need competitive men’s football to push on.
“If I go out again I’ve got to perform to my maximum. I want to be playing week in, week out. That’s what I need to develop.
“No disrespect to Peterborough and Bristol City, but they were struggling at the time so it was difficult to go there and play to the best of my ability.
"When I went to Watford they were pushing for promotion, so that spell stands me in good stead.”
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