Lee Grant has told the Derby Telegraph that he has become frustrated this season, as he has had to watch so much of it from the sidelines.
Grant has played second fiddle to Scott Carson for the Rams this term, with Paul Clement tending to leave him on the substitutes’ bench.
The 32-year-old admits that he has found it difficult to cope with so far, and he also claims that he hasn’t enjoyed this season.
However, after putting in an excellent display in a 0-0 draw against Sheffield Wednesday on Sunday, Grant insists that he still willing to give his all for his side’s cause.
"It's not a situation I'm used to and it's not a situation I enjoy," he said.
"The manager is obviously aware of that – but he knows he can rely on me for 100 per cent commitment and professionalism day in and day out.
"I think that has allowed me to come into the team and perform to a good level.”
Grant has been Derby’s first choice for the last two seasons, but Clement clearly has reservations over utilising him.
Prior to his appearance against Wednesday, Grant had only played once – in a League Cup defeat to Portsmouth.
Carson has been in impressive form throughout the campaign so far, and he will expect to come straight back into the line-up when he does return to fitness.
The England international stopper is expected to be fit again in the near-future, and he could be available for Derby’s next match against Brighton & Hove Albion, consigning Grant back to his benchwarming role.