Now fully fit after a few minor injury problems, the midfielder is eager to get as much game time as possible and wants to keep working hard in order to catch manager Eddie Howe's eye.
"Everyone's trying to ask questions to get involved and get in the team," Tomlin said.
"I think everyone proved how close we can be with a good display in the Under-21s, but when we get our chance we've got to take it.
"I'm just desperate to play, even if it's in the 21s. I just want to play football, I'm like a kid in a park I just want to play games.
"There have been a few little niggles which put me back a month in training but now I am training freely.
"I'm trying to find the old Lee Tomlin again but I'm getting closer, hopefully I can start showing it now."
Ahead of the weekend’s FA Cup third round tie with Birmingham City, Tomlin reflected on his memories of the third round this time last year.
The midfielder received national acclaim for his performance in Middlesbrough’s FA Cup upset 2-0 win over Manchester City and revealed his friends still remind him of his incredible turn to skin Vincent Kompany on that memorable day.
He continued: "It seems so long ago now, but it was a great day.
"To be fair my mates still send me the video of me turning Vincent Kompany that day and it’s still a good memory.
"But I’m eager just to keep working hard and hopefully I can catch the manager’s eye ahead of the game."