Stefan Galinski remains fully committed to Boston United... but knows he will have to bide his time for a run in the team.
The former Poland under 18 centre back is currently jostling for a place alongside Scott Garner and Carl Piergianni.
His teammates are currently the preferred partnership, but Galinski is refusing to be downbeat.
“From a personal point of view, it’s a tough one,” he said.
“I’ll always work hard for the club and always work hard for the gaffer, that’s the guy who signed me.
“But it is very frustrating being left out and knowing you’re the third-choice centre back.”
Galinski has made 11 starts so far this campaign, but a number of those appearances have come in midfield or as a right back.
When selected in his favoured central defensive role, it is often when the Pilgrims play in their 3-5-2 formation, regularly being the man left out when Boston revert back to their favoured 4-3-3.
“You take it on the chin because you never know, there could be an injury and I could be playing four games at centre half, my position,” Galinski added.
“Wherever the gaffer chooses for me to go, I’ll go with a smile and I’ll do my best for Boston.
“It’s a long season, with 40-plus games, and there’s bound to be sicknesses and injuries.
“You don’t wish injury on your mates. But in football it’s part of the game.
“Me, Scott and Carl all get along. There’s none of that bitterness.
“You just smile and get on with it as you know those boys will do their best.
“It’s only frustrating when people are not doing their jobs, but this season they’ve been absolutely fantastic.”