FORMER Tranmere midfielder Joss Labadie hopes he has earned the right to stake a claim for a regular place in the Notts County line-up.
Labadie had to bide his time on the subs' bench after joining the Magpies after making the move from Prenton Park during the summer - partly because of the impressive form of fellow midfielder Andre Boucaud.
But he came off the bench to score his Notts goal for the club in their 2-2 draw at Oldham Athletic last weekend after Boucaud was sent off in the first half at Boundary Park.
Manager Keith Curle then promoted Labadie to the starting line-up for the 1-1 draw at MK Dons on Tuesday.
"I just want to play like everyone else," Labadie said. "I was really happy to get off the mark. "I'll take any goal, I'm not too bothered how they come.
"If I manage to get a few more this season I'll be very happy."
Notts set a new record of 11 away league games unbeaten thanks to the result at Stadium MK.
"We've started the season really well in the league and we're going to keep plugging away to try to get some more good results to stay up there," said Labadie.
"We're all confident, we've got some terrific players and I think we can really challenge this season."
Labadie, 22, made 70 appearances for Tranmere, plus nine on loan from his first club, West Bromwich Albion. He was released at the end of last season.