Paul Dummett is desperate to get back in the St Mirren team for this weekend's William Hill Scottish Cup fifth-round clash with St Johnstone after returning to the club on loan.
Dummett's hopes of coming back to Paisley appeared to have been dashed last week but Newcastle finally allowed the left-back to return on the final day of the transfer window.
However, since Dummett left early this month Saints have beaten Celtic to reach the Scottish Communities League Cup final and followed that with a 2-1 SPL win over high-flying Inverness.
And Dummett knows he cannot expect to walk back in to the team.
Dummett said: ``Some players will probably go through their career without playing in a cup final and I'm only 21.
``I'm desperate to get back in but Graham Carey has been playing left-back and I can't expect to come straight back in the team. He has done a brilliant job.
``But that's what is good about the team, having players that can play in different positions and there is going to be a fight for places and that can only help St Mirren get better results and climb up the table.''
Dummett made 19 appearances in his first spell in Paisley and then made his first-team debut as a half-time substitute in Newcastle's 2-0 FA Cup defeat by Brighton.
But he was always keen to return to Scotland.
``I'm very happy because I came here and played a lot games,'' he said.
``When I went back to Newcastle I played 45 minutes for the first team and I haven't played a reserve game.
``I feel playing week in, week out is the better alternative to progress my career.
``A lot of people do think it's not the best league but I can assure any young player that they can come here and improve.
``I've played Celtic two or three times and they are in the last 16 of the Champions League. This league is a good league.''
Long-term absentees Darren McGregor (knee) and Thomas Reilly (ankle) miss out for St Mirren but Marc McAusland is fit after being taken off against Inverness in midweek as a precaution.
Steve Lomas believes punters will witness ``an old-fashioned cup-tie.''
Lomas' side were ``buoyed'' by their 3-1 home win over Aberdeen on Wednesday which leads the Northern Irishman to think the fans could be in for a treat.
The Saints boss said: ``St Mirren have done brilliantly and they were doing well before Christmas so I'm sure Danny (Lennon) didn't want the winter break to come.
``When they have everyone fit, they are a good team.
``They have good players like Stevie Thompson, Paul McGowan and Gary Teale, who has Premier League experience, and they have good young players like Kenny McLean, so they have a good mix in the team and it is going to be a tough game all right.
``But our performance against Aberdeen was good, although I thought we also played well against Motherwell in the previous game to that even though we lost.
``But we were delighted with the result against Aberdeen and I get the feeling that this is going to be an old-fashioned cup tie with two teams who like to attack so there could be plenty of goals.''
Murray Davidson is a doubt for St Johnstone after he missed recent games against Motherwell and Aberdeen with an ankle injury and will be assessed.
Mehdi Abeid and Gwion Edwards, signed on loan until the end of the season from Newcastle and Swansea respectively, could be in contention, but Chris Millar, Gary Miller, Steven Anderson and Jamie Adams remain sidelined.