Thomas Hitzlsperger hopes to earn a longer contract at Everton
Germany midfielder Thomas Hitzlsperger is hoping he can grasp his opportunity to earn a long-term contract at Everton.
Last Updated: 21/10/12 8:56pm
The former Aston Villa and West Ham United midfielder has been training with Everton for the past few weeks and, on Friday, signed a short-term deal until January.
He was an unused substitute for the 1-1 draw at Queens Park Rangers on Sunday and is happy to have the chance to play in the Premier League again.
"First of all my focus is on the short term," the German told Everton's official website.
"There are not many games between now and January but I want to stay beyond January because I enjoy it so much here.
"I think it is in my hands. I will get lots of opportunities to show what I can do in training and hopefully I will get plenty of games and I can prove to the gaffer I am worth keeping here beyond January. That is why I will work very, very hard.
"I think I am suited to the Premier League. It was my decision to come back after the previous season in Germany.
"I just wanted to be back here in England - I have had five years in Germany and five years in England but I have always said that England is where I want to be playing. The atmosphere, the people, the mentality - that is what I like and that is why I am so happy to be here."