Johannesburg - Orlando Pirates winger Bernard Morrison admits he needs to put in extra work in order to consolidate a place in the starting line-up.
The 23-year-old's exploits for AS Vita Club in the CAF Champions League last season earned him a move to the Soweto giants.
However, Morrison has found the going tough at Pirates, with his failure to make an impact in the first team seeing him feature for their reserves in the MultiChoice Diski Challenge before fighting his way back into contention.
"One has to admit that Pirates is a big team with a number of quality players, which makes a competition for a starting berth very stiff," Morrison told Vodacom Soccer.
"But, now I know where I need to work and improve as a player in the team of Pirates' calibre in order to consolidate a place in the starting XI."
Having last featured for the Buccaneers as a substitute in the 1-0 Telkom Knockout defeat to SuperSport United on November 26, the Ghanaian was recently given a rare start in the 3-1 victory over Second Division side EC Bees in the Nedbank Cup Last 32.
"I was happy to be in the starting XI in that Nedbank Cup game, though I think I could have done better in that game, but I was happy to be given a run, and am prepared to work even harder at training," he added.
"Look, the new coach (Kjell Jonevret) has recently taken over and he gives every player in the team a chance. So, like any other fringe players in the team, I have no choice but to double my efforts to impress.
Morrison has only made four starts for Bucs, along with a further five appearances from the bench since his move from DR Congo.