Injured Morecambe striker Michael Twiss believes he can still play a part in helping the Shrimps win promotion to the Football League.
Twiss came through the youth ranks at Manchester United
Morecambe's top scorer is recovering from medial knee ligament damage which has kept him out since early February.
He has started training and has his sights set on the season run-in.
"Hopefully it's a case of trying to get a reserve team game in and maybe being in contention for the last two games of the season," he told BBC Sport.
"It has been frustrating. When someone scores and everyone in the team gets round you miss that.
"At least I have been able to train and be involved these last few weeks, but nothing beats playing.
"But I'll have to play it by ear. If we were in the play-offs perhaps I could have another couple of weeks' rest and then come back."
He added: "There is never a good time to be injured, although the one good thing is that I might be able to make it back to play a part in the season, when it could have been completely over.
"It's not 100% yet but hopefully it could be right in a couple of weeks. Fingers crossed we will get into the play-offs and I will be able to play some part in it.
"We got into the play-offs last year. We played well but we were a bit unlucky against Hereford.
"I would love to be able to help us get that one step further and then you never know what could happen."
Twiss scored in last season's play-off semi-finals before an injury-time winner sent Hereford through and ultimately up into League Two.
And the 29-year-old former Manchester United man believes Morecambe are capable of following in the footsteps of the Bulls.
"We have definitely got the team to do it," he said. "A lot of the teams still have to play each other so hopefully they can knock each other out and we can get the results to cement our place in the play-offs.
"The most important thing is to make sure we get in those play-offs and then it's anybody's."
Twiss had scored 14 times this season before injury struck with his 10 Conference goals taking his tally to 43 in 111 appearances since joining Morecambe from Chester City in 2004.
Morecambe were also without last season's leading scorer Danny Carlton for a lengthy spell but have managed to stay among the promotion challengers under the guidance of former Northern Ireland boss McIlroy.
Twiss expects the Easter programme to be pivotal with just three games after that to decide Morecambe's fate.
It would be nice to be part of the first team to get Morecambe into the League
Twice beaten in the play-offs Morecambe are yet to reach a final, missing out on trips to Stoke City's Britannia Stadium and the Walkers Stadium at Leicester.
That disappointment would be forgotten, however, if they could make it to this season's promotion decider, which is being held at the new Wembley the day after the FA Cup final.
"There is an incentive anyway, but with the final at Wembley it makes it even better," said Twiss.
"When you drop down the leagues it's not often you get the chance to play in stadiums like that, or even to get the opportunity to play at Wembley.
"I think everyone's aim, who are fighting to get into the play-offs, is to get to Wembley."
Twiss briefly tasted the big time when he came through the youth ranks at Old Trafford to make two cup appearances for Alex Ferguson's side.
He subsequently played League football at Sheffield United and Port Vale and having signed a new three-year contract at Christie Park earlier this season, would love another crack at it with Morecambe.
He said: "I had to re-build my career and start again and it would be nice to play again in the League and get back in there to test yourself.
"You have to think you are good enough to play up there. You know players in the League and you know you are good as they are so you have to think 'why can't I do that?'
"And it would be nice to be part of the first team to get Morecambe into the Football League. It's a dream and an aspiration and hopefully we can do it."