Charles Dunne is hoping he’s played himself into Lee Clark’s plans for life in League One.
The Blackpool defender was frozen out by Jose Riga at the start of the season only to be thrown straight in following Clark’s arrival as manager.
It’s been a hit-and-miss season for the 22-year-old left-back, who has had to deal with injuries, loss off form and a red card at Brentford a month ago.
But he has bounced back to prove his potential, particularly with his man-of-the-match display in last Saturday’s draw with Leeds.
And now the former Wycombe defender is hopeful his future lies at Bloomfield Road.
“I hope I’m a big part of the manager’s plans for next season,” said Dunne.
“We have to try to look forward to that now and hopefully we can do well.
“The manager gave me a chance and I really respect him for that.
“He’s shown real faith in me, so I’m trying to repay that in the way I play.
“I thought I did quite well against Leeds. I was happy with my performance, although it would have been nice to get the win.
“It was probably one of my better games in a Blackpool shirt and it came after being ill in the week running up to the game.”
The Seasiders could be officially relegated after their next match at Bolton on Saturday week, though Dunne says they are looking on the bright side despite being doomed at the bottom of the Championship.
He added: “I’m a very positive person and I try to keep my head up.
“Everyone here is still positive. We can’t change where we are now, so there’s no point being upset. We just have to get on with things.
“You get punished in the Championship – even the slightest mistake can lead to a goal.
“I work hard at my game and I always look forward to matches.”
Dunne has racked up 16 appearances for the Seasiders and is one of just six players contracted for next season, though he knows that doesn’t guarantee him a place for 2015-16.
He is likely to feature in this season’s remaining seven games but don’t expect him to do too much research on Pool’s opponents.
He said: “I don’t really show players too much respect by going over the top with research.
“I obviously know bits about them. Anything that can help my game I try to do.
“Hopefully we can get a few wins and finish the season on a high.”