Dons starlet Scott Wright has challenged himself to earn as many starts as possible.
The winger penned a contract extension in October which will keep him with Aberdeen until the summer of 2021.
With his future secured Wright wants to go and stake his claim to be a Pittodrie regular.
The 21-year-old announced himself on the first-team stage with a hat-trick in the 6-0 win over Partick Thistle in the final Premiership match of last season.
This term, Wright has also produced a number of bright performances.
With Reds boss Derek McInnes showing his faith in Wright by handing him the contract extension, the Scotland Under-21 cap wants to show he deserved it by becoming a regular in the first team.
Wright said: “I feel like I can’t relax now for the next four years. “Now I need to work harder to try to get more – more appearances, more goals, more assists – to really stake my place in the manager’s mind to keep me in the team.
“It definitely is expected of me to be challenging. “I want to be giving the manager a headache, so that he can’t really not put me in the team. “That’s what I want to be doing for him, I feel that is expected of me now.”
While Wright would like to start every Dons game he knows that can’t always be the case, particularly with the number of different attacking options at McInnes’ disposal.
Wright added: “It’s just the way the manager puts out the team because the team is the most important thing, it’s all about picking up points. “So I see what the manager says. He will pick the best team for the game, so if that means me coming on from the bench and playing my part from there, then so be it. “I’ll just need to work harder to get myself in the starting team and keep my place, which is probably the hardest thing.
“We’ve got such strength in depth in the squad that you know if you are not performing well, there are going to be players trying to take your spot.
“Everybody is trying to impress the manager.
“You need to be playing well enough and working hard enough for the manager to put you in.”
Aberdeen’s 4-1 victory over Hibs in the Granite City on Saturday was their fourth match of a hectic seven-game December.
They face Celtic on Saturday, with Partick Thistle and Hearts visiting Pittodrie on December 27 and 30 prior to the Premiership’s winter break.
Wright knows that this is when the depth within the Pittodrie squad is most needed.
He said: “The busy schedule is good for us because we know we’ve got a good squad and that’s when your squad comes into play at busy times if there are injuries.
“I think that’s when it is most important that your squad gets used.”