James Perch has said he's got a 'challenge ahead' to force his way back into the QPR starting line-up.
The 32-year-old is still out of action as he recovers from a dislocated knee, and while he's hoping to be back in action before the new year, he's very aware that he has a fight on his hands to secure a starting jersey.
Speaking to GetWestLondon, he said: "It's never easy and you should never take your place for granted, especially as you're getting a bit older.
"I know I've got a challenge ahead, but I've got a challenge ahead just to get fit so that's the first bit and then when I get back on the training ground I just need to show the gaffer what I can do.
"If the lads are doing well when I get back I'll have to wait. Competition is always healthy in a squad so the presence of Chief (Nedum Onuoha), Hally (Grant Hall) Lynchy (Joel Lynch) and myself back fit will only be good for the lads who are playing."