Ekstein, who made just 10 league appearances last season, admits that he didn’t have a convincing campaign.
“I am working hard to persuade the technical team to hand me more playing time this season,” Ekstein told the club’s official website.
“I didn’t have a convincing campaign last season. But that is water under the bridge now. This time I am prepared to fight for my place in the line-up.
“Important for me is to make a contribution for the team. We want to lift trophies this season.”
Chiefs are set to kick-start their 2016/17 Premiership campaign with an away fixture against Bidvest Wits on Tuesday and Ekstein says Amakhosi intend to start their league campaign on a high note.
“If our preparations are anything to go by, I can confidently say we are ready to play in our first game of the season.
“They might be having a bit of information about us, because they saw our friendly matches on TV. However, we didn’t expose our entire plan in the friendlies anyway.
“And by the way, we beat them twice last season, home and away. Every team is a closed book for now. At this stage we will rely on our strength more than anything.
“We can’t wait for Tuesday. We are mentally and physically ready. The supporters must just know that we aim at making them happy this season.”