JOE Edwards could present Gary Johnson with an ideal Christmas present by extending his stay at Yeovil Town.
The Bristol City loanee is currently in the middle of a loan spell at Huish Park that expires at the end of next month.
Versatile defender Edwards is in line for his 11th Glovers' appearance of the season at Swindon Town on Saturday, having operated on the right-hand sides of both defence and midfield.
Despite mixed reviews from his second spell in Somerset and a red card at Tranmere Rovers, Edwards earned the sponsors' man-of-the-match accolade against Hartlepool United by scoring the only goal of the game.
Manager Johnson – who awarded the 22-year-old his first professional contract at Ashton Gate – would like to retain Edwards' services and the player himself said talks would start next month.
Edwards, whose deal at City is up for renewal at the end of the season, said: "I just wanted to get playing and get as many games as I could under my belt.
"I can get that here and the manager has been good to me so I am really enjoying it. I think we will talk with Bristol City at Christmas time.
"My loan is up at the end of December so we will see what happens at Bristol City but hopefully I can keep playing games and get something sorted. I wasn't getting games at Bristol City so the main thing was to get some games and I am doing that now."
Johnson added that timing would be of the essence with the talks. Commenting on his chances of a longer deal, the boss said: "I don't know, we can only take them as they come. At the moment we are happy to have him.
"Like all young players they are up and down but he has certainly been beneficial to us and we would like to keep him, of course we would. But he is not our player and we are going to have to ask permission at the right time."
The Glovers enter the weekend just four points away from npower League One's top six and Edwards said the squad believes they can reach the play-off spots.
"All of the boys believe we can get there," he said. "We have got a good squad and a good bunch of players and if we get another little run going we can definitely push up into the play-off places at Christmas.
"That was always our plan and to be in the mix then, even though there are a lot games, and then push on from there."
Edwards' goal against Pools was just his second in senior football – the first coming on his Glovers' debut against Tranmere last season.
The Gloucester-born player said he preferred to operate as a full-back but has no problems with fulfilling an attacking role.
"I moved further forward as I am usually at right back," said Edwards. "The manager wanted me to get across the front of the goal, I got across my man and scored. I think the determination shown to get the goal is a big part of my game, I was pleased to score and more importantly we won.
"I don't mind playing further forward. My best position would probably be at right back but further forward I don't mind and as long as I do well for the team is all that matters. As long as I am in the team, I don't mind where I play.
"The most important thing was the win, especially as we know that in this league anyone can beat anyone. We didn't want to get beaten, we went out to win the game, which is what we did."