DEFENDER Kieran Charnock is hoping he can become the latest of Fleetwood Town’s loan rangers to earn the respect of boss Graham Alexander.
The centre half made his first start of the campaign in Saturday’s 4-0 defeat to Burton Albion - having spent the first half of the season with non-league Macclesfield Town.
Now he’s hoping to follow in the footsteps of Nathan Pond, Ryan Crowther and club skipper Rob Atkinson and earn himself an extended stay at Highbury.
Charnock said: “There’s a lot of competition in my position.
“Me, Rob and Pondy were all out on loan and now we’ve all come back and we’re fighting for our places.
“I’ll be doing all I can to make sure I feature in the manager’s plans. I was really pleased when I found out I was playing on Saturday.
“I felt good out there, delighted to be out on the pitch playing for Fleetwood again.
“When I went out on loan I didn’t know if that would happen. But I’m desperate to play for Fleetwood, to keep my place and to earn a contract for next season.
“Hopefully I can do that.”
The 28-year-old added: “I’ve found myself in the team because of injuries. That’s how it happens, all you need is one chance.
“Saturday’s result wasn’t what I’d have hoped for but I want to show the gaffer in training and out there in games that he can trust me and I can be a part of his plans.”
Charnock and the rest of the Fleetwood squad have already put Saturday’s defeat behind them as they prepare for Saturday’s trip to face Aldershot Town.
He knows Dean Holdsworth’s men, who earlier this season dumped Fleetwood out of the FA Cup, will pose another tough test.
Charnock said: “We’re focused fully on Aldershot.
“They’re fighting for their lives so it will be a tough game.”