Maynard thinks he can push current starter Fraizer Campbell all the way.
"I always believe I can score goals and my aim is make a strong personal claim for a League start," he told the Western Mail.
"I didn't kick a ball in Premier League football for West Ham and then when I signed for Cardiff a bad injury put me out for eight months.
"Now, honestly, I am so happy to be fit and playing again.
"We are competing for a place in the starting line-up. He wants to play in every Premier League match and I will do all I can to push him all the way."
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