Young goalkeeper Jack Butland has outlined his determination to become Birmingham City's new number one next season.
In a welcome boost for the club, teenager insisted his sole focus was on establishing himself between the sticks.
As West Bromwich Albion prepare to ramp up their interest in manager Chris Hughton and financial storm clouds continue to gather over St Andrew's, a critical - and worrying - few weeks lay ahead for Blues.
But 19-year-old Butland provided Blues with some cheer and cause for optimism.
Manchester United and Arsenal are said to be eyeing up Butland seriously, and several more Premier League clubs scouted him regularly during his season-long loan to Cheltenham Town.
But Butland has his sights on making his mark at Blues.
"That's the target: I want to be the number one, I want to be playing," he said.
"Hopefully this season I have done enough and shown enough and what have you to convince the manager.
"Yes, it is ultimately down to me, I know that. I am confident in my ability.
"I can make the decision as hard or as easy as possible, depending on how I play, for Chris Hughton.
"I hope I have a good pre-season, get in the best possible shape, and make it impossible for him not to pick me.
"I'm gearing everything towards next season and trying to prove to the manager that I deserve to be number one."
The current confused goalkeeper situation at Blues doesn't faze Butland, who was named on standby for England's Euro 2012 squad.
Ben Foster's future at Blues is uncertain after his loan to Albion this season; similarly as is Boaz Myhill's, as he came the other way from the Baggies for this campaign.
Colin Doyle is out of contract this summer and keen to play regularly.
What happens to this trio is likely to depend on what the plan is for Butland, who is the tip to keep goal for Team GB in the London Olympic Games.
"Birmingham's a fantastic club," said Butland. "Behind the scenes, with the coaches and the staff and with this manager's team, we have got a great set-up.
"I've been at Birmingham for five years now and I see it as home, even though I've yet to make a first team appearance - which is something I want to change.
"And considering I haven't played yet, the supporters have been great to me. I'd love to repay their faith too."
Joe Hart has long since tipped off Manchester City to Butland's ability. They are another big club casting envious glances.
But Butland is unfazed by the attention.
"It's a good feeling, it's a compliment," he said. "But at the same time it's not something to get carried away with.
"I want to do things the right way. I see it as a mark of how I have progressed, but not necessarily a big thing.
"I want to carry on doing what I am doing, I want to be the goalkeeper at Birmingham and play as well as I can play.
"I can't control what's outside of my domain or what's speculated. Let them talk as it doesn't make any difference to me, my focus is on giving my best to Birmingham and becoming number one."