NICKY Shorey is willing to battle Paul Konchesky for Fulham’s left-back spot in a bid to earn a permanent deal at Craven Cottage.
The Aston Villa loan star has helped the Whites to six clean sheets in eight games while Konch has been sidelined through injury.
But he now faces a fight on his hands to keep the shirt after the former West Ham full-back got the nod for Sunday's defeat against Manchester City .
Shorey moved to SW6 because he was third in the pecking order at Villa Park, where he has a year left on his contract.
And he has made it clear he is not prepared to settle for a place on the bench as he tries to stay at Fulham for good.
He said: "I left Aston Villa to play games, and they [Fulham] had a gap to be filled.
“Obviously, Konch is back now, so we’ll have to wait and see. Hopefully, I’ll get more chances to impress.
“I was behind Stephen Warnock [at Villa], and Martin O’Neill played Luke Young in front of me as well.
“I knew I had a better chance of regular football here. I wasn’t happy being third choice, and that’s why I made the decision to go out on loan.
“I think there have been talks with a view to a permanent deal, but I’ll have to wait and see what happens in the summer."