KARLEIGH Osborne has revealed his recent run in the Millwall side has given him the confidence to become a first-team regular at The Den.
Osborne, who has made 12 appearances this season following his summer move from Brentford, has started the Lions' last three games against Luton Town, Peterborough and Middlesbrough.
The 24-year-old endured a frustrating three months earlier in the season when he was not selected at all during October, November or December but the centre-back is relishing being back in the fold.
He told NewsAtDen: "It does wonders for my confidence – it has been stop-start for me this season. There is competition and I have to fight for my place, so I'm trying to impress in every game.
"I'm really pleased to be involved at the moment. It can be tough, mentally, being out of the team. I just want to play as many games as I can, but the gaffer has to pick his the strongest team.
"When I am called upon, I will give 100 per cent and fight for the club. I'm pleased to be in the team getting minutes and I want to get a run going now – it makes me more confident.
"I have belief in myself and my ability – now I've seen the Championship and how teams play, I think I am good enough at this level, definitely.
"The boys have been brilliant and I have learned a lot this year. People say I'm still young but I don't feel like that – I want to cement my place as a regular."
Osborne says confidence within the camp has been boosted by Millwall's 2-1 victory at the Riverside Stadium on Saturday, a result which ended a five-match losing run in the Championship.
"We had to battle really hard," he said. "Middlesbrough are a good team, they play attacking football and they have some quality players, but we managed to keep it together and get the win.
"It was brilliant to get the first goal so to get the second was even better. We were disappointed with conceding because we want to keep sheets, but it was a great team effort.
"Our FA Cup run is going well but we need to push on in the league again and finish the season off well. We know we're a good team – it's just about getting that consistency.
"If we can get that, I think we can go anywhere we want to. But we need to produce performances all of the time, not just every other game."