The 24-year-old midfielder joined the Tayside club from Falkirk last summer but admits a struggle for fitness has held him back.
He did not make his first start until a home match against Aberdeen in October and was mostly on the fringes thereafter, but has been given the nod by manager Peter Houston for the last three games against St Mirren, Kilmarnock and Celtic.
The former Parkhead youth player, capped at Scotland under-19 and under-21 level, is hoping to be handed a starting berth against Ross County in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League encounter at Tannadice.
"Obviously it has been a tough time this season," he told Press Association Sport.
"I haven't had as much game time as I would like and I am no different from anyone else, I want to play as much as I can.
"I think it (struggle to get regular starts) has been about both my fitness and the boys doing so well.
"I only have myself to blame for the fitness side and obviously you can't really complain when the boys are playing well and you can't get in the team.
"But I have been working hard and have played the last few games so hopefully I have given the gaffer a headache and hopefully I get picked again."