Sheffield United midfielder Conor Coady has revealed he would be interested in staying at Bramall Lane until the end of the season.
The 20-year-old, on a six-month loan deal from Liverpool, is expected to return to Merseyside in January.
But Coady has told The Star he is enjoying life at the League One club and would be open to his deal being extended.
“I am very happy here,” he said. “It is a fantastic club. All the lads and the staff have made me feel very welcome and the fans have been great.
“I am loving every moment at the club. The move has been really beneficial for me. I feel I have developed by playing regular first-team football.
“If that [staying all season] was an option, it would definitely be something I would look at.
“Right now, I am just concentrating on getting my head down, playing well and we will see what happens.”
Coady, who captained England at last summer’s FIFA under-20 World Cup, was recruited by former United boss David Weir in July. The Liverpudlian has made 15 appearances since linking up with the South Yorkshire outfit. After coming on as a late substitute against Crewe, Coady was handed his first start under Nigel Clough in last Saturday’s 3-2 victory over Colchester United in the first round of the FA Cup.
“I have had to wait for my chance under the new gaffer so I was really made up to play at Colchester,” he said. “I played in a bit of an unfamiliar role on the right hand side of midfield but I enjoyed it.”
Fresh from securing their first away win of a turbulent season, United will be chasing a third home victory on the spin when they entertain Gillingham on Saturday.
Coady said: “I don’t know why it has been a struggle away from home but it is time to forget about that now. It is a good place to be at the moment and hopefully we can build on the performance and result we got against Colchester when we play Gillingham.”
United have scored six goals in three outings since Clough’s appointment, winning two of his three matches in charge.
When asked if he felt United had turned the corner, Coady said: “I hope we have. It was great to score three times at Colchester but we have got to keep working hard.”