Things might not have gone his way since joining on loan in the summer but Ryan Inniss isn’t the type to sulk as he bids for a return to the Dundee starting XI.
The Crystal Palace loanee has struggled for game-time since manager Jim McIntyre took over in October, featuring just once since the start of November.
That’s led to some expecting his loan deal to end this month but, under Fifa rules, having played for Palace at the start of the season, the 23-year-old can’t turn out for another club this campaign.
Despite not enjoying the best start to life in Dundee, Inniss insists he’s at Dens to play and will do all he can to do that.
He told the Tele: “I’m here till the end of the season, I’m here to stay and I feel part of it.
“I’ve played a few games and I feel part of the unit here, so I want to stay until the end and, hopefully, we can fight our way out of the position we are in now.
“I take it day by day. I can’t look further than getting back in the team.
“I need to train hard, apply myself and try to get back in but I want to be there for the lads regardless, geeing them up if I’m not involved and being ready if I’m on the bench.”
As it stands, with Josh Meekings out for the season, Inniss is one of just three fit centre-backs alongside Darren O’Dea and Gensy Kusunga.
Rumours have seen O’Dea linked with a move to Partick Thistle, however, meaning Inniss might just be needed come the return to action in two weeks’ time if manager Jim McIntyre isn’t able to bring in the new faces he desires before then.
However it goes, Inniss is taking everything he can from his time with the Dark Blues.
He added: “It’s been great experience, playing or not. You get trials and tribulations with anything. I’m having a spell out of the team, how long that’s for I don’t know, but it’s down to me to look within myself to find it to keep fighting.
“There are times where you get frustrated but you have to take a look at yourself.
“I had my run in the team, it’s not like I’ve not had any opportunities – now I have to fight for another one.
“That only starts with hard work on the training pitch.
“You’re only going to kill your own chances if you are going to sulk about and I’m not the type to do that.
“I’m here to stay until the end of the season and I want to be involved.”