Iain Hume is hoping Preston North End can reach an agreement with Barnsley to ensure he stays at Deepdale on a permanent basis.
The Canadian striker joined Preston on a three-month loan in September and has impressed for Darren Ferguson's side.
Talks had taken place regarding a permanent arrangement and a deal which would have seen a Preston player head to Barnsley in exchange appeared to have been agreed last week.
However, Ferguson revealed after the weekend win over Crystal Palace that Barnsley had pulled the plug on the deal and are now set to recall Hume from his loan.
The 27-year-old accepts he may have to return to Oakwell, but he is keeping his fingers crossed that he can stay with Preston.
He told Preston's official website: "I have enjoyed my time at Barnsley and the supporters were very good to me, but I have got a fresh lease of life at Preston and I am settled here.
"I am contracted to Barnsley until the end of the season and if they insist that I go back that is what I must do.
"I am hoping, however, that the two clubs can come to an arrangement."