Pilkington is now hoping that his involvement with the Republic of Ireland in their upcoming friendlies will see him catch the eye of other clubs ahead of the new season.
"I had a few injuries, one in particular just before Christmas which kept me out for, I think, 12 weeks," he told the Pink Un. "Then I got back and I was available for the rest of it but the manager, you know, had other ideas.
"I am just concentrating on playing for the country and doing well through the summer and I will have to deal with that when I get back.
"Every game is a shop window and you want to do your best in every game that you play in."
Pilkington and his Ireland teammates return to action on Saturday when they face Italy at Craven Cottage.