Fiacre Kelleher spoke of his willingness to wait for a chance under Mark Hughes, ahead of Saturday’s trip to Sutton United.
The centre-back had not started a game for City since their trip to Carlisle at the start of the calendar year before last Saturday's victory over Scunthorpe.
And the Irishman has been biding his time with hopes of impressing, and how this has helped him has helped his will to wait for his chance
He said: “I have always been quite a patient person. I never want to get upset about situations.
“I have been in football long enough. Sometimes, when you get a manager in, it does not work out for you.
“I like being here, and love the club. I still learn a lot of things when I am not playing.
“If I get the shirt again, I will be doing everything I can to show the gaffer I want to play. By no means am I chucking in the towel.”
As the season draws to a close, Kelleher reflected on the campaign and looked ahead to the next.
The centre-back insisted the squad are disappointed with their position in the table and believes the prospect of being a part of next season is a motivating one.
He added: “I do not think we are shying away from where we are in the league.
“The gaffer’s arrival has given us a real spark for next year.
“You do not get the chance to work with a manager of his calibre at this level. If I was offered the chance to play here, I would be champing at the bit.”