Craig Dobson is desperate for a chance to help Brentford's League Two title push and close the door on ayear of injury hell.
Boss Andy Scott's newest recruit appeared set for a bright future with MK Dons when Paul Ince signed him from Stevenage in January last year.
However, a ruptured groin on his first day at Stadium MK proved just the start of his troubles.
A serious operation and five months on the sidelines ended when the Jamaican international finally made his debut for Ince's men in the final match of last season.
But the injury curse struck again in pre-season when he was diagnosed with a hairline fracture of the shin, resulting in another five months on the treatment table.
Inevitably, the former Crystal Palace trainee had fallen down the pecking order at Championship chasing Dons, so rather than settle for picking up his money to the end of the season, Dobson cut his ties and looked for a new challenge.
Now fit again, and having earned a deal to the end of the season with Brentford, the 25-year-old just wants a chance to show that Ince was not wrong to pluck him out of non-league football 14 months ago.
He said: "There's no lack of self-belief as far as I'm concerned. Brentford fans will see, as soon as I get a chance, I'm raring to go and ready to take it with both hands.
"The staff here have done a great job in getting me fit, and this is the best I've felt body-wise since my injuries.
"So we've worked out a deal to the end of the season, and hopefully if we go up maybe I can get a longer deal here, which is what I want."
Dobson admitted he was disappointed not to make the squad for Saturdays 1-1 draw against Gillingham, managed by his former Stevenage boss Mark Stimson and containing several of his former team-mates.
However, he is now hoping for a debut this Saturday at Bradford, and a meeting with one of his fellow Reggae Boyz.
He added: "I've played alongside Omar Daley for Jamaica. He's quick and he'll be a threat. But we've got more than enough players in this squad capable of going there and getting a result."
BRENTFORD once again won the Community Club of the Year Award at the 2009 Football League Awards.
The club received the prestigious award on Sunday during a special dinner at Grosvenor House, Park Lane, in recognition of the superb work of Brentford's Community Sports Trust.
The Trust now reaches more than 100 schools and 40 housing estates in the boroughs surrounding the club, offering 5,000 sports sessions across 10 sports last year.
Around 50 full-time and part-time staff work on projects like KICKZ, Bee Educated, Bee Healthy and the new Brentford Boating Arch at Kew Bridge.
But their key achievement in 2008 was the growth of their disability programme, securing significant new funding and taking on a full-time disability officer.
One of the judges, Liz Lowe, a citizenship manager at Coca-Cola, said: "Brentford offer an amazing broad range of activities with a strong focus on disability programmes.
"The new boating centre is a real asset and is right up there with the best."
Former Brentford centre-back, and a member of the club's supporters trust Bees, Jimmy Hill was also awarded the Contribution to League Football.
Football League chairman Lord Mawhinney said: "During a career spanning nearly 60 years, Jimmy Hill has made a significant contribution to League football.
"His influence is still being felt today, in many areas of the game. After all, it was Jimmy that was responsible for the introduction of three points for a win and the use of panels of pundits to comment on televised matches."
But both Charlie MacDonald, who was nominated as League Two Player of the Season, and Robin Nicholls, nominated as League Two Apprentice of the Year, did not win their categories.