SEAN St Ledger says he is relishing the opportunity to build up his match fitness after joining Millwall from Leicester City for the final month of the Championship season.
St Ledger watched from the stands as his new teammates recorded a 1-0 win over his parent club on Friday night – although he had no contact with the Lions camp until after the match.
But the 28-year-old is eligible to face Ipswich Town on Easter Monday and admits he cannot wait to get started after enduring a frustrating season blighted by injury.
"I trained first thing on Sunday morning," St Ledger told NewsAtDen. "There are six games at home before the end of the season so we have a great opportunity to collect a lot of points at The Den.
"I have to be thankful to both managers. There are a lot of games coming up and I suppose that is what I need. Sometimes I've felt like my season was over before it even got started.
"There are two games a week in the Championship at the moment – often that can be punishing on the body but I'm looking forward to it."
St Ledger, who is eligible to play in Millwall's FA Cup semi-final against Wigan on April 13, insists it is not impossible for his new club to make a late charge towards the play-offs.
The centre-back said: "You just never know in this league – if you lose a couple of games you start heading towards relegation and if you win a few you start looking towards the play-offs.
"I look at the way Nottingham Forest have gone on a run and cemented their place in the top six so I would prefer to think positively. We'll take each game as it comes and try to win every one."
But the Republic of Ireland international, who has a year left on his contract with the Foxes, has not given much thought to the prospect of a permanent move to The Den at the end of the season.
"First and foremost, you play for the shirt and for personal pride," he said. "Whatever happens from there happens. I respect that Leicester are my paret club and I don't want to look too far ahead."
Manager Kenny Jackett believes St Ledger will add much-needed strength in depth – and experience – to his squad going into a hectic end to the campaign.
"It's an exciting time but it's a heavy schedule with the loan window closed," he said. "I didn't want to get caught by injuries or suspensions – or go into the Wigan game with inexperienced players.
"It's such a big opportunity on a one-off day. I'm pleased to bring St Ledger in for the five weeks we have left and he is eligible to play in the FA Cup, so he will help us.
"Shane Lowry has 13 bookings and Karleigh Osborne is out injured so we are slightly down in terms of numbers, with Adam Smith playing out-of-position at left-back as well. That has made us act.
"Leicester won't be able to recall him for 28 days, as with any emergency loan."