Rob Elliot is determined to help Newcastle United tough it out in the Premier League – after coming through the “toughest” period of his career.
The goalkeeper suffered missed the second half of last season after suffering a thigh problem while deputising for No 1 Tim Krul.
But the 29-year-old has been back on the bench in recent weeks, with rival Karl Darlow sidelined through injury.
“It’s just, as always, a case of being patient and trying to do well when you get an opportunity,” said Elliot, who turned out for Newcastle’s Under-21s against Swansea City last week.
“It was an unfortunate injury. This was my first full 90 minutes since last December. It’s been a tough few months for me personally.
“That’s football sometimes. You go from highs to lows and vice-versa.
“In football, as long as you give everything you can every day ... that’s all people ask of you.”
Winless Newcastle are bottom of the league ahead of next Sunday’s home game against Norwich City.
Elliot said: “It’s been a bit frustrating. It’s not through lack of effort. I think it’s a case of trying to get the balance right.
“It’s a disappointing start. All we can do is put it right and hopefully kick on.”
United finished fifth in Elliot’s first season at the club, but trajectory since then has been downward.
Reflecting on his first four years at St James’s Park, he said: “It’s been like that – it’s been up and down.
“We went from finishing fifth and the Europa League to staying up. We need to get some stability.”
Elliot is out of contract next summer, when he could yet be going to Euro 2016 with the Republic of Ireland, who take on Germany in Dublin tonight in their penultimate qualifier.
But he is refusing to look that far in the future.
“You just sort of take each day as it comes,” said Elliot, signed from Charlton Athletic in the summer of 2011.
“Football’s the strangest thing in the world. Five years ago I was playing in League One with Charlton.
“I’ve ended up playing in the Premier League and Europa League with Newcastle and playing for my country.
“You can’t judge what the future’s doing, you’ve just got to do your best every day. I love being up here – you can’t ask for a bigger football club.
“It’s just about getting as many opportunities as I can to show people what I can do.”