Marcus Bettinelli admits he is frustrated at the lack of game time he has had at Fulham and rues the fact the new loan rules do not allow him to go out and get games.
The highly rated stopper has yet to taste first team action this season, due to injury and the form of David Button.
Had the 24-year-old been in this situation last season, he would have looked to go out on loan to bolster his match sharpness.
However, he is focused on doing his best to push Button and take the spot in the team for himself.
Bettinelli said: “It's tough not being able to get out on loan when you're not playing. Like Cauley said it's important not to put yourself in that mindset.
“You want to play here and try your hardest but, at the same time, we're in a situation where we need games.
“I didn't play much due to injury (last season). We both know we want to get games so it's not easy with the new laws. It's frustrating but that's football. When January comes, whatever may be may be.”
It is easier for a manager to rotate outfield but they rarely make a change in goal, except in the case of injury, suspension, loss of form or misfortune.
For instance, Ben Hamer lost his place at Brentford in 2010 because he was stuck in traffic en route to the match with Richard Lee taking his place in the team, permanently.
Despite knowing how difficult it will be to win a place in the side, Bettinelli is not wishing any form of misfortune onto Button.
He added: “I'm not going to say I'd wish injury to David. I'm dying to play. Anything that Butts needs I'm there for him and that'd be vice versa.
“Andy Lonergan wasn't expecting to get the games he got but that's football. If he does get injured I'm ready to play.
“If that's the case, I'm in a good state to go out there and perform. I'd never wish that on anyone.”
He added: “I've known Butts for a long time. He's a good goalkeeper who has played a lot of games in a row.
“He's a really good goalkeeper and a really good guy. We've got a good bond. It's been good we've got that competition between us and can get better every day.
“I've taken a lot of stuff from him and I'm sure he's taken a lot from me. He's a good goalkeeper and long may that continue.”