JACK Smith is hoping to get a regular run in the side after starting his first game since mid-January against Blackburn Rovers on Sunday.
The 29-year-old slotted seamlessly into Kenny Jackett's midfield during the goalless FA Cup quarter-final at The Den, which will be replayed at Ewood Park this week.
Smith helped to create two of the Lions' best chances – crossing for Andy Keogh, who headed onto the post, before his defence-splitting pass led to Rob Hulse firing over from close range.
"I was in at the deep end a little bit," he said afterwards. "I haven't been involved for the last four or five weeks so it was nice to play. It takes a while to get back into it but I was pleased with how I did.
"I had a job to do and stuck to it really. You just want to be playing. It has obviously not been a great season for me so far – I think that was my tenth start compared to last year when I made over 40.
"It's been frustrating but, with the way the lads were playing a while ago when we were unbeaten, I couldn't complain. But the manager is changing things around to try to find a winning formula."
Smith, who only recently recovered from a sprained ankle, is a full-back by trade but concedes he is prepared to consider a permanent change of position if it means playing more regularly.
"It was nice just to get out there," he said. "If the gaffer wants me as a midfielder, I will play there. It would be good to have a spell in the middle – it seems to be one or two games here and there.
"It would be nice to nail down that position. Obviously we have Adam Smith as well so it looks like I'm third choice right-back at the moment – perhaps midfield would be good for me."
Jackett, meanwhile, is hoping Smith kicks-on after his performance against Blackburn and believes the former Swindon man is capable of playing in several different positions.
"Jack is a good pro," he said. "I think there is more to come from him in terms of what he can set up and his play both from the full-back position and the centre of midfield.
"Every time he gets going he seems to pick up an injury. When his opportunity comes, he needs a run at it to nail down a place, which is going to be important for him.
"He had a good game on Sunday and I was very pleased with him."