SAM BALDOCK has vowed to fight for his Premier League dream at Albion.

The striker refuses to give up after just two top flight appearances as a sub this season.

Baldock has been hit by a troublesome calf injury, a change in formation and increased competition for forward places since helping the Seagulls to promotion and signing a new three-year contract last summer.

He told The Argus in an exclusive interview that he still believes he has a future with the club.

Baldock, 29, said: “Yes, because the way I see it I’ve not failed. I’ve not been given a chance to fail. I just want that opportunity really and then put it down on me.

“If that doesn’t work out over a handful of games then I’ll be the first to hold my hands up and say perhaps drop down a level, but I want to keep grafting away and wait for that opportunity.

“It’s important not to get too hasty. Obviously, competition for places has heated up from January. The formation change from the beginning of the season has not helped my cause either, but things do change and when it does I’m hoping to be there to pounce.”

Baldock is likely to be on the bench for the fourth game running at Crystal Palace on Saturday after waiting until the end of last month for his home debut in the Premier League as a six-minute substitute against Leicester.

He said: “I’m hoping to keep knuckling down, work hard, and things might change. I just need a little chance, a few more than six minutes. I’ll keep grafting away, putting everything into every training session, doing what I can in the dressing room and hoping the rewards come.”