Brent's Wish

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Brent Rahim is hoping West Ham continue to move up the table - and improve his chances of getting a first team place.

Brent, currently on loan from Levski Sofia until January, was in the squad that travelled to Sunderland on Saturday, and the next step for him is of course to get a place on the bench.

He feels that is more likely to happen if the team are doing well, and says: "At this point it is difficult in a sense, and I don't know what is going to happen in terms of the first team.

"I don't think he is just going to throw me in there. I think he will be more confident to put me in there when the results go better, if that doesn't sound too illogical.

"To bring someone in who is here on a trial business when there are problems might look bad."

Brent is confident that West Ham can turn the corner soon, and says: "I think we can definitely start climbing now; the side has the quality to do that, and I guess things will turn around."

If the Trinidad and Tobago international midfielder does succeed in making the breakthrough West Ham would look to prolong his loan and he adds: "All I can do is my best in the reserves and hope I get an opportunity so that maybe I can extend my loan period until the end of the year."

In the meantime, Brent is continuing his education in the reserves and concludes: "I have come up against some good opponents like Poyet and Les Ferdinand the other day; playing in the reserves is not like a walk in the park.

"I will keep working away but I know I am ready for a chance in the first team."