KARLEIGH Osborne insists he is ready for action whenever Brentford boss Uwe Rosler wants to pitch him back into the side.
The Bees centre-back has been sidelined for two months with a foot injury, but made his comeback in last week's development squad game against Brighton.
However, Rosler decided against throwing Osborne staright back into the first team fray, opting for Leon Legge and Harlee Dean for the Boxing Day visit of Bournemouth, with Marcel Eger on the bench.
Osborne, though, who is also in talks to extend his Brentford contact, is hoping to see some action when the Bees host MK Dons tomorrow and visit Charlton on Monday.
He said: “It was a relief to get 90 minutes under my belt for the reserves, and as soon as the gaffer feels I am ready to return, I am ready too – but I know I'll have to fight for my place.
“Leggy has been superb since coming back from his injury, Harlee has come in and done well, and Marcel can't even get in the side despite having the best clean sheet record at the club.
“However, there's a good few games coming up over the new year, so hopefully I'll play a part and give the gaffer a selection headache.”
Of his contract, Osborne added: “We're still in talks. I've been made an offer, but at the age of 24, it could be the most important contract I sign, so I have to make sure it is the right one.
“Of course, Brentford have to make sure it's the right one for them too. But the priority for me at the moment is getting back into the team.”