Southend United boss Paul Sturrock may try to re-sign Jack Midson on loan after the striker returned to Oxford United.
Midson was recalled by Oxford to feature on the substitutes' bench for Tuesday's 2-1 win over Macclesfield Town after scoring twice in four appearances for Southend.
The Shrimpers have scope to bring Midson back to Roots Hall and it is an option Sturrock may explore after his team have played Oxford on New Year's Day.
"Even though Oxford have recalled Jack we could still extend his loan if it was right for everyone," Sturrock told the club's official website.
"We can loan Jack for up to 93 days and we still have 39 days left now so that is something we will weigh up when deciding on what to do in the transfer window."
Midson is keeping an open mind regarding his future as he looks to force his way into Chris Wilder's plans at the Kassam Stadium.
He said: "One of the clauses in the deal was that I would have a couple days' training back at Oxford, which I've done. I had a couple bits of contact with Oxford as well whilst I was at Southend.
"Oxford told me that even though I was going on loan I'm still in their plans and I guess that's why they've recalled me.
"My aim is to go back now and try to force my way back into the Oxford manager's plans. Whether or not I will be able to do that we will see. We'll have to see if I get another chance there but I wouldn't be against another loan."