Crystal Palace winger Stuart Green remains upbeat about his chances of starting for the Eagles despite not making Peter Taylor's first 11 since joining from Hull City in August.

Taylor signed the 25-year-old from his former club on the final day of the summer transfer window in a £75,000 deal, but the Geordie has found opportunities to stake a first-team place hard to come by.

Even with Green's preferred position of right midfield seemingly up for grabs, Taylor has preferred to use Michael Hughes, Matt Lawrence and James Scowcroft out of position to fill the gap.

But despite his lack of chances so far, Green is prepared to bide his time to cement a first team place.

"It's just a case of being patient," said Green. "The manager's got a great squad here, you can't just bring somebody in and put them straight into the side in my eyes.

"I have just got to be patient and hopefully it will come my way."

Encouragingly for Green, he made his longest Eagles appearance against Hull on Saturday when himself, Leon Cort and Taylor made their return to the KC Stadium. He came on as a half-time substitute and had a hand in Palace's only goal in the 1-1 draw.

Green feels his fitness is now at the appropriate level to start games and hopes he can build on Saturday's solid showing.

"It would have been nice to have started but I got on earlier than expected," he said.

"I haven't played since the end of last season and I now feel fit enough but you only know that when you play the 90 minutes. Hopefully it won't be long."

When he signed Green, Taylor admitted his versatility was a major factor in why he was so keen to bring him to Selhurst Park. But Green does not mind where he plays - as long as he's in the team.

"This manager has played me all across the midfield four. On the left, the right, in the middle," said Green.

"I think that's why he took the option to take me down to Palace as I can play in quite a few positions and I'm happy to do anything for the team."

With a house now sorted, Green is happily settled in South London and is looking forward to a bright future under his boss. Although, he was a little overawed at first.

"I'm enjoying it," he added. "I did not know what to expect with me being a northern boy, but the lads have made me feel very welcome."