JACK Baird has revealed that he is open to extending his stay at Morton past the end of the season when his loan deal expires.

The St Mirren loanee was a summer deadline signing, initially until midway through January. 

However, his impressive performances at the back persuaded manager David Hopkin to extend the loan agreement until the end of the season.

The centre-half has made 23 appearances and scored three times under Hopkin this term and he admits that his future could well lie away from Paisley.

He told the Tele: “I’m focusing on my football just now, it’s all I can do really.

“I’ve still got another year at St Mirren so I don’t really know what’s going to happen, we’ll just have to see how the rest of the season pans out.

“I’ll still obviously have to go back for pre-season and see what the gaffer up there wants to do because I don’t want to be sitting up in the stands.

“If coming back here was an option for next year then I’d definitely love to.

“I’ve obviously not really had too much time to think about stuff like that because I don’t know what the situation at St Mirren is going to be like in the summer.

“If the opportunity of another loan here came about then I would jump on it because I’ve really enjoyed my time here.

“It’s a great bunch of lads to work with and the people in and around the club are fantastic.

“Not many players have played for both sides and they might not have been accepted by the fans in the way that I have.

“The fans have been brilliant with me. I thought I was going to get it tight when I first came here because I’d come from up the road but it helped that I’d had two away games before my first run out here.

“Thankfully we were able to beat Dundee and keep a clean sheet that day so I got off to a great start here which helped.”

Baird remains fully focused on finishing the season as strongly as possible and hopes that Morton can continue to push up the table.

He believes that their eight-game unbeaten run, which came to an end on Tuesday night, has put them in a strong position to finish the final quarter strongly.

He added: “We’ve got eight games left once we play Arbroath, so we’re into the final quarter.

“We’ve got ourselves into a good position and got some good points coming out the back of three tough away games.

“We’ve got a lot closer to the targets that we set out at the beginning of the year and we can go and enjoy ourselves as well because we know that we’ve got the opportunity to push on now.”