JAMIE Mackie has laid down a gauntlet to DJ Campbell for the right to partner Jay Bothroyd up front.
The striker made his first appearance for Rs in nine months when he came on towards the end of the 6-0 hammering from Fulham on Sunday.
The player suffered a double leg break in the FA Cup tie against Blackburn in January, and while Campbell has also been in the wars with viral problems, Bothroyd has looked stranded as the lone hitman.
Mackie thinks he has the answer.
“Yes, playing there is something I can do. I’d love to play up front and score goals," he said.
“I might have been a pain to the manager and my family while I was recovering, but luckily I’m mentally strong, and I’ve done a lot of rehab work and hopefully will now get the reward.”