Hull City boss Steve Bruce has hinted that he may dash Blackburn Rovers' hopes of keeping Tom Cairney past the end of his loan spell.
Rovers boss Gary Bowyer has expressed a desire to see Cairney see out the 2013/14 campaign at Ewood Park.
Bruce, though, has noted that the 22-year-old midfielder has been flourishing in the Championship.
A stint away from the KC Stadium was intended to provide a platform on which to build confidence and form.
With Cairney having made the most of that opportunity, there is now a chance that he will have a role to play in the Tigers' Premier League adventure over the second half of the season.
Bruce said: "I'm certainly not dismissing him because I know he's a good player.
"It's in my mind to possibly bring him back in January.
"I've spoken with Gary at length a couple of times in the last few weeks.
"He rings me and I ring him just to see how Tom is doing. He's doing very well, just as I thought he would.
"He's always one of them that's got great ability and it was a matter of time once he started playing regularly."