New signing John Halls has warned Brentford fans he sees his move to Griffin Park as a stepping stone back to the big time.
The former Arsenal defender put pen to paper on a contract until the end of the season last week after impressing boss Andy Scott on trial, following his release by Reading this summer.
However, Scott has given the 26-year-old his word that he can leave if a higher-division club come calling.
And Halls, who also played more than 60 games for Stoke, made it plain he sees his long-term future further up the pyramid.
He said: "You always have faith in your ability. I played at Championship level and done really well, so there's no reason why I can't do that again.
"I've also played, albeit for a couple of minutes, in the Premiership with Reading, and a couple of times in the cups for Arsenal.
"This contract was a no-brainer, I needed to get back playing football. But sometimes you have got to drop down to get people seeing you again.
"You're back playing, and you never know what can go from there.
"But the main thing at the moment is to keep doing well for Brentford, and get as many points we can on the board."
Halls, who's already played with team-mates Alan Bennett and Ben Hamer at the Madejski, left the Royals with only a handful of appearances to his name since his s250,000 move from Stoke in 2006.
He spent the summer trying to get himself fixed up with a new club, including unsuccessful trials at Sheffield Wednesday and Blackpool,
before he hooked up with the Bees.
He said: "I was released by Reading, and had a few broken promises from managers.
"I found it hard with my fitness having not had a proper pre-season, and Brentford said come and train with us.
"We've done a deal now until the end of the season, and I'm happy to be here.
"I'm buzzing to be back playing football. Hopefully I can keep up my fitness and go from there."
Halls, who started as a midfielder at Arsenal but was converted to his preferred right-back spot by Stoke, had an impressive debut at Chesterfield on Saturday - looking classy as he filled in at right-back before being moved into midfield.
And he is line for a home debut - quite literally - against Macclesfield on Saturday.
Indeed, Halls should have no excuse to being late for a game as he
lives just round the corner from Griffin Park.
He added: "I live about two minutes from the ground. I've been living in Brentford since I moved to Reading as it's just by the M4.
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The 23-year-old left-back, who injured his groin in training last Friday, has instead targeted Tuesday's Johnstone's Paint Trophy tie at Luton for a comeback.
He said: "I was jogging with the ball, over-stretched and felt a pop. There's still a lot of bruising on the groin.
"I hope to be back in training by the end of the week, but Tuesday will probably be more realistic for trying to get back into the team than Saturday."