DANNY Shittu is willing to ignore speculation about his Wanderers career to try and force his way up the Reebok pecking order.

The big centre-half has made just seven starts since moving from Watford last summer for £2million.

Although the 28-year-old has often spoken of his desire to fight his way into Gary Megson’s plans, there have been rumours of discontent and stories linking him with a move.

Gossip became so fierce that Megson felt compelled to issue a “definitive statement” on the subject, stating he would not be loaned out this season.

Now Shittu, pictured, has reiterated his desire to change his boss’s mind.

“I am not happy not playing because I am here to play,” he said. “I came here to play football and that is why I am still working hard every day in training to make sure I get a chance to play because that was the plan when I came here. My plan is still the same.”

Sebastien Puygrenier’s arrival on loan from Zenit St Petersburg has presented another obstacle for Shittu, whose only short stints in the side had previously come as a result of injuries or suspensions to Gary Cahill.

Whether his or the club’s stance will change in the summer is unclear. But for now, Shittu is focused.

“I believe I have done well each time I have been given a chance,” he said.

“I have a lot of respect for this football club so I don’t want to say anything right now. The important thing is that I am here now, and I believe I am doing my best to get into the team.”