Australian defender Callum Elder says he is relishing his time on loan at Wigan Athletic and is confident the Latics can secure promotion this season.
Elder is on a season-long loan from Leicester City at the League One club.
Wigan has made a promising start to the season with nine wins from its first 12 games. The club is currently in second place on the table, two points below league leaders Shrewsbury Town.
Elder believes Wigan have the squad that can bounce straight back into the Championship.
"We’re obviously second in the table at the moment, with only Shrewsbury ahead of us," he wrote in a column for Wigan Today.
"Full credit to them for what they’ve achieved so far, and they deserve to be right up there. But we know if we stick to our guns and our goals, and work hard for each other, no team will get in the way.
"It is really all about us, and that’s the message in the dressing room."
Elder suffered a blow in first appearance for Wigan, after being sent off in the season opener against MK Dons.
The 22-year old returned to the first-team in September in the 3-0 win over Charlton Athletic.
"It’s been a frustrating time for me since getting the red card at Milton Keynes on the opening day of the season," he admitted.
"It was the first red card of my career – it was just a shame it had to come on my Wigan debut, when I was trying to make a good impression. Thankfully the manager wasn’t too bothered, in that he didn’t have a go at me.
"He told me to wait my turn, be patient, and that my chance would come again. The main thing was the team was doing well, but on a personal note I just had to keep working hard on the training ground."
Elder, originally from Sydney, has previously spent time on loan at Barnsley, Brentford, Peterborough and Mansfield Town.
The left said he is enjoying his time at Wigan under manager Paul Cook.
"It was obviously tough when I’ve not been playing but, if I’m honest, I was still enjoying the training during the week," he said.
"It’s a great dressing room to be part of, the lads are really good, the staff are great, and there’s a really nice mix of old and young. Obviously it does help when you’re winning games, there’s no point lying about that.
"And I’m sure there will be some tough periods on the way throughout the season. But it’s important we stick together and work for each other, because we’re all trying to achieve the same thing at the end of the day.
"We’re all fighting for positions every week – and that goes for all over the park. The gaffer’s assembled a really competitive squad, and the group knows that if we are to achieve our goals then everybody is going to play a part."