Notts County manager Paul Ince is optimistic of being able to extend Liverpool defender Stephen Darby's loan until the end of the season.
Darby has impressed in making four appearances at right-back for the League One club since moving to Meadow Lane at the start of the month.
The 22-year-old is currently due to stay with the Magpies until January and Ince has praised Darby's form since his arrival at the club.
Ince is hopeful he can keep Darby for the rest of the campaign, but concedes his son Thomas is likely to return to Liverpool in the New Year.
"Darbs has not had a bad game. He has been exceptional from the very first day he came here," Ince told the Nottingham Evening Post. "He's only 22, but plays with a lot of maturity.
"He has good awareness and always puts himself in good positions. He's brave too. He will put his foot in and put his body on the line for the team.
"Thomas might have to go back, but hopefully we can keep Darbs.
"He's been schooled well at Liverpool and he's playing well at the moment. He is the type of player we want to bring into the side. We want to raise the bar."