"I'd like to think I'll take another step up this season," Derbyshire told the Lancashire Evening Telegraph.
"For myself, it's important that I play football, because as part of my learning curve, I need to be playing. If I don't play, I'm not learning.
"Obviously, I would love to be played in my position, which is centre-forward. I really hope the manager sees it that way, and not as a winger, because a lot of my movement is in and around the box and I'd like to think I'm a decent finisher as well.
"If I've got a job to do on the wing, I'll try my best and I'll do as much work as I can for the team and manager. But I see myself as a forward and I'd love to be in and around the front two."