Extending Paddy Madden's stay at Yeovil Town will be top priority for Gary Johnson after Carlisle United suggested Saturday's game at Crewe Alexandra could be his final outing for the Glovers.
The Irishman has proved a revelation in his month's loan at Huish Park, netting five goals in four npower League One appearances to help steer the Glovers back into the top half of the table.
Johnson wants to keep Madden for longer but his United counterpart Gregg Abbott suggested the 22-year-old could be given a chance with his parent club.
Madden has been restricted to just seven starts in 18 months at Brunton Park. His temporary deal expires after Yeovil's FA Cup trip to Preston North End but Carlisle are unlikely to want their striker cup tied.
Talking to the Carlisle News and Star, Abbott said: "Paddy is going to come back with goals and confidence under his belt.
"He is going to be looking to force his way into the team. It has been a bit stop-start for him here with his injuries and stuff, but it's fantastic news that he is scoring goals, and that is another boost we can look forward to – an unexpected one.
"He (Johnson) will obviously want to keep him but at the minute it's looking like he is going to be coming back. If he can reproduce his form for us then that's all the better."
Glovers' assistant-manager Terry Skiverton was unable to comment on potential attempts to keep Madden in Somerset but re-iterated the club's desire to retain his services.
"That's got nothing to do with me, that's to do with the gaffer," Skiverton said. "He had the foresight to bring him, he has done a fantastic job for us so far, he has linked well with James Hayter and our delivery has been excellent for Paddy Madden.
"He fits in well but there is no news from me. It will be on-going with the clubs and a priority that the gaffer will be looking at to extend."
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