FATHER-to-be Scott Malone knows that his form over the next few months will decide his Millwall future.
Malone, who is due to become a dad for the first time in four weeks, has been challenged by manager Ian Holloway to earn an extension to his contract, which expires next summer.
The left back was dropped to the bench at Derby before the international break for the first time in 19 Championship games.
So with a baby on the way, the 23-year-old admits he is under pressure to win back his place in Holloway's starting XI and secure his long-term future with the club.
"We're coming up to Christmas and when you're out-of-contract, it's always a big time for you," Malone told the Southwark News.
"Nothing has been said regarding my contract so I'm taking things one game at a time.
"If you're out-of-contract and not in the team, it does increase the pressure a bit.
"I haven't really thought about what's going to happen – I've got a lot going on at home at the moment – but I'm sure something will come about.
"But you can't wait for it, you've got to make it happen. It is up to me to get back in the team and earn an extension.
"With a child on the way, it's a bit unusual for me at the moment but I'm sure I'll handle it. I'm really looking forward to becoming a dad."