National League side York City want to keep on-loan Middlesbrough midfielder Alex Pattison until the end of the season.
The 20-year-old has impressed for York since joining the Minstermen last month and recently won The Press Player of the Month award for December following his switch from the Riverside.
City sporting director Dave Penney has revealed that Boro’s academy manager Craig Liddle would be happy for Pattison to continue his development at Bootham Crescent beyond his initial stint, which is set to expire mid-January.
“There has been a change of manager now at Boro and that might change things,” he said. “He’s also enjoying it here and everyone can see he’s a good footballer.
“He won’t want to go back to under-23 football now and we’ve spoke to Craig Liddle, who looks after him at Middlesbrough and he is quite happy for him to stay here.
“We’ve just got to get the OK from the manager who has just gone in and hasn’t seen him yet, but we’d like to extend his stay until the end of the season if possible.”
Promising forward Pattison recently told of his desire to join a Football League club in January, and he may not be short of offers given his stellar displays for Martin Gray’s side of late.
“This league is a very good standard and, hopefully, after getting some games under my belt, I can get a League club in January or catch the gaffer’s eye at Middlesbrough,” the 20-year-old told York Press. “I want to play men’s football.
“There was only one reserve game in December at Middlesbrough and that’s now been called off, so I wouldn’t have got any games in there. Here, I can play five games and I want to kick on and help York.
“I went to a pre-season camp in Portugal with Middlesbrough’s first team and then broke my ankle during training in July on my first day back. I was doing well at the time and felt I was on the fringes of the first team, so I’m raring to get as many 90-minute games as possible now and Saturday was my second in five months.”