With the focus on Motherwell’s newest starlets, one of the previous generation, Jonathan Page, aims to fight for a regular place in the team.
Page (22) appeared to have slipped to fifth choice centre half this season, but the absence of Tom Hateley, Simon Ramsden and Shaun Hutchinson saw him called in to bolster the defence in Valencia.
He held onto his place for the win over Inverness at the weekend as he made just his ninth and tenth starts in four years at the club.
Page said: “The boys that have come in have done well, Adam Cummins has been excellent in every game and Shaun Hutchinson had a great start to the season.
“With Simon Ramsden and Fraser Kerr also coming in I found myself back down the pecking order, but when those ahead of you are doing very, very well you can’t complain too much.
“All I can do is try and impress when I do get my chance.
“Levante and Inverness was the first time I had started two consecutive games since I was on loan at Stirling a few years ago so it was good to be able to enjoy a game and then have another one to immediately look forward to.”
With the international break Page could find himself back in the cold with Ramsden and Hucthison likely to be ready to face Dundee next week, but he refused to say the week off had come at the wrong time.
He said: “I don’t know what will happen with team selection so there is no point in thinking like that.”
’Well currently find themselves top of the SPL and Page takes satisfaction in the Fir Park side continuing to punch above their weight.
He said: “Every year I’ve been at this club there’s always a lot of talk from outside about how we’ve lost players and would be expected to struggle but we’ve shown them.
“We had some quality going out, but equally the guys stepping up have done well and I’m sure will keep on improving.”
Meanwhile, ’Well were drawn away to Rangers in the third round of the Scottish Communities League Cup.