Tottenham defender Michael Dawson insists he still has a future in north London, despite almost being sold in the summer, reports talkSPORT.
The 28-year-old former Nottingham Forest star came close to signing for Queens Park Rangers in August, before the move broke down after he failed to agree personal terms with the Loftus Road club.
Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas has used Dawson sparingly at White Hart Lane so far this season, with the former captain making only one appearance in the Premier League, limiting his action to Capital One Cup and Europa League inclusion.
However, Dawson's newfound fringe role has not deterred his infectiously positive attitude, as he sets his sights on a return to the first-team.
"The January transfer window is a long way away." he told Hawksbee and Jacobs. "We're only in October and there are loads of games coming up in the next 25 days.
"From a player's point of view anything can happen. I've been in the position where I've been playing and got injured and someone has replaced me.
"I'm ready, training hard each day and when my chance comes, I'll be ready to take the opportunity."
Dawson is currently Spurs' fourth choice centre-back, behind the likes of William Gallas, Jan Vertonghen and Steven Caulker. But, he says, when the time comes, he'll be ready for action when called upon.
"I love football and I always want to play. Not being involved in the first game [against Newcastle] was tough and hard to take. [But] with the players that we've got, you've got to earn the right to play.
"That's something I've been doing on a regular basis, just keeping my head down and working hard.
"It was nice to get the Carling Cup and Europa League game and, hopefully, there's many more to come. We've got top players and people are fighting for their position."