He has to wait patiently for his chance during the past two years.
So Brandon Haunstrup is definitely determined to make the most of his run in Pompey’s first team this season.
Following an injury to Tareiq Holmes-Dennis on the opening day, the left-back has started the past three league matches.
That is despite having made just nine senior appearances between the his debut in a cup victory over Derby in August 2015 and the start of the current campaign.
“Derby was my first taste of professional football and it was mad,” says Haunstrup in the official matchday magazine for Sunday’s clash with Rotherham (2.30pm kick-off).
"Whatever position you play, you always have to be ready if you’re called upon."
“It was live on Sky and we beat a Championship side in front of a big crowd at Fratton Park. The whole experience was perfect for me.
“Of course it was frustrating to not play much after that, but I was the back-up for Enda, who’s an unbelievable player.
“Whatever position you play, you always have to be ready if you’re called upon. You’re just waiting for that chance, so it’s important you don’t waste it when it comes along.
“But when you’re training the whole week you want to look forward to a game at the end of it. Now I’m at a point where I need to be playing games regularly and I want to show people what I can do.”
To read the full interview – where Haunstrup also talks about life as a full-back and Pompey’s thriving academy – pick up a copy of the magazine from programme sellers around Fratton Park.
Also in issue four, Conor Chaplin reveals his favourite things, while Alex Bass is next to take the ‘Home & Away’ quiz.
We also take an in-depth look at Rotherham, while there are exclusive columns from Mark Catlin, Kenny Jackett and Brett Pitman.