Kelly Youga has returned to Charlton Athletic, but is keen to go back to Scunthorpe United, if he is not given a chance at the Valley.
The young defender spent the first half of the season on loan at Glanford Park and made 20 appearances for the Iron.
He is expected to feature in Charlton's FA Cup third round game with West Brom this weekend, but Scunthorpe remain hopeful of re-signing Youga.
Having marked his final appearance for Scunthorpe with a goal in the New Year's Day draw with Barnsley, Youga revealed his wish to return to the club.
"I want to stay, but Barnsley was my last game," Youga told the Scunthorpe Evening Telegraph. "I am going back to Charlton for the weekend.
"I like the team and I like the manager at Scunthorpe. But it is not up to me, my loan is finished and Charlton have the first choice.
"It is a chance for me to show Charlton what I can do. I had always worked hard on the training pitch. Maybe they know that, but they never gave me an opportunity.
"If I'm not playing there, I will come back here. I wanted to stay here because I am enjoying it. All I want is to play football.
"I need to go back, but we will see what happens. The transfer window is open until the end of January, but maybe they will want me to go back out on loan. It is up to them now."
Meanwhile, Charlton youngster Scott Wagstaff has signed his first professional contract with the club, tying him to the Valley until 2010.