GAVIN Kilkenny knows he has to “get back playing” after falling out of favour at Stoke City, insisting: “I don’t want to be forgotten about.”

Kilkenny joined Stoke on a season-long loan deal in the summer and made four appearances early in the campaign, under Michael O’Neill.

However, injury problems combined with a change of manager, with Alex Neil now in charge, have seen the 22-year-old out of the picture and not feature since August.

Having been an unused substitute for seven fixtures in succession, Kilkenny was not part of the matchday squad as Stoke cruised past Reading 4-0 in the Championship on Saturday.

Speaking to Irish outlet The42, Kilkenny said: “I don’t want to be forgotten about.

“It can happen very quickly and very easily.

“I’m not stupid, I’m nearly 23. I have to get back playing and reminding people what I am capable of.

“I just need to show people I am still here.”

Discussing Kilkenny's situation earlier this month, Cherries boss Gary O'Neil told the Daily Echo: "I think the situation with Gav will be monitored by the recruitment team and the loan manager will be looking at that constantly for us.

“When you send players like Gav on loan, you're hopeful that they gain experience and get playing time.

“He hasn't had as much as he would have liked."