JERMAINE McGlashan is eager to shake off his super-sub tag during the remainder of Southend United’s season.
The 28-year-old, who has impressed coming off the bench in recent weeks, returned to the starting line-up for Tuesday night’s 2-0 win at Oxford United.
And McGlashan is now desperate to nail down a regular role.
“I felt like I had done well coming off the bench but I don’t want to be seen as a super-sub, I want to be playing more of a part than that and that’s what I’m working towards,” said the winger.
“I would like to think I earned my starting place at Oxford after playing well off the bench and hopefully I did well enough to stay in the team now.
“The togetherness we have is there for all to see, we had the huddle at the end of the game on Tuesday night and, like every player, I want to be involved as much as possible.
“The last time I had started, before the Oxford game, was against Rochdale and I got sent off which was obviously frustrating.
“But I’m back in now and I fully understand what’s expected of me.”
McGlashan fought hard to help Blues get back to winning ways against Oxford.
And he thoroughly enjoyed picking up the three points against the U’s.
“It was the most satisfying win of the season,” said McGlashan.
“We had to dig in early on but those are my favourite types of wins as we showed real character.
“Fair play to the manager as well because he swapped things around fairly early on and put me onto the left hand side with Michael Timlin moving to the right.
“I had been playing more on the left when coming off the bench in the last few games so I probably feel more at home on that side at the moment and it seemed to work well.”
The victory saw the Shrimpers move up to seventh in the League One standings and McGlashan is now keen to build on the win at home to Northampton Town this weekend.
The Cobblers are currently 16th in the table but McGlashan is still expecting a tricky afternoon.
“Northampton have won their last two games so it won’t be easy but we’re feeling confident,” said the winger.
“We’re at home and we love having the fans right behind us.”
The game will also see McGlashan facing Town boss Justin Edinburgh who released him from Gillingham at the end of last season.
But that does not give McGlashan added motivation.
“Of course I want to win but not for that reason,” said the winger.
“I won’t really be thinking about that.”