In the space of seven months, Paul Robinson has gone from being touted for an England recall to being out-of-favour at Blackburn Rovers and contemplating a January transfer.
Back in February, amid a fine run of form in the Championship, the experienced goalkeeper was being mentioned as a possible option for Roy Hodgson as he started to draw up his World Cup plans.
No call came, though, and Robinson spent the summer trying to convince Rovers boss Gary Bowyer of his worth.
His efforts were rewarded with a starting berth at the start of the 2014/15 campaign, but loan star Jason Steele has since edged his way to the front of the keeping queue and nailed down the number one spot at Ewood Park.
With game-time limited, and having recently passed his 35th birthday, Robinson admits that he is reluctant to fill a supporting role and will look to force the issue in the New Year if his situation fails to improve.
He told talkSPORT: “I’m pretty much surplus to requirements at Blackburn. I’m not even on the bench. I’m training hard at the moment though.
“My contract is up at the end of the season so I’m not sure if that’s got anything to do with it. I want to keep playing and, I believe, I’ve got another two or three years left in me.
“If something comes up now and it works for everybody then I have to look at what’s best for me going forward.
“I’m getting a little bit frustrated now. It’s the first time in my career that anything like this [has happened].
“I want to keep on playing. It’s difficult training all week with no end product. Hopefully I’ll have a few options to look around [in January].”
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There is little to suggest that Robinson could not do a job for another Championship club, with his reflexes as sharp as they have ever been.
Anyone who has earned 41 caps for their country must have something about them, and goalkeepers are capable of stretching their career well into their 30s.
Things might even turn around for Robinson at Blackburn but, given that they are currently on a seven-match unbeaten run, he is wise to keep all of his options open as an expiring contract runs down.