GREENOCK footballer Nicky Low is hoping to stay in the Championship next season after helping Abroath beat local club Morton in the battle for survival.

The midfielder believes that teaming up with gaffer Dick Campbell once again has helped him fall back in love with the game after overcoming his injury ordeals.

Low dropped down to the Lowland League at the start of the season, playing part-time with East Stirlingshire in a bid to get over troublesome injury problems that almost saw him walk away from the game.

But six weeks ago he answered Arbroath’s SOS call to help them fight off relegation and he hasn’t looked back since – proving that he can still compete in the second tier.

With his short-term loan deal at an end, Low says he would be happy to stay at the Red Lichties next season.

He told the Tele: “I’ve obviously been away for a few years, playing in the Lowland League which with all due respect is nowhere near the Championship, but it allowed me to get back playing consistently again.

“It’s helped me fall back in love with the game.

“When the gaffer phoned me, he made no qualms about it. He said ‘look wee man, come and you help us stay in the league and it's job done’, so it’s nice to have been able to do that.

“Arbroath being in the Championship is a big achievement on its own so to have lasted two years there is a great achievement but next year will only get harder.

“I’ll play it by ear [potential clubs for next season] and see what happens but the gaffer knows what I can do and, likewise, I know what he’s about.

“He said that we’d have a chat at the beginning of this week and take things from there.

“I’ve worked with him before, I know what he’s about and it’s a good match, so we’ll just need to see what happens from here.

“I enjoy it here at Arbroath so if we could come to an agreement then I’d be more than happy to stay.

“I’m happy with how it's gone over the piece."

The 29-year-old admitted that he has been able to come back into the league and make such an impact during his time in Angus.

The former Aberdeen kid has attracted plenty of suitors as he looks to remain at as high a level as possible next season, with Arbroath looking a likely destination.

He said: “I knew I could do it, but actually coming back and playing and being able to do it is another thing, so I’m delighted that that’s been the case.

“I’ve had a few other teams phoning me on the back of doing well here over the last six weeks or so, but we’ll just need to see how things go after speaking to the gaffer.

“Things couldn’t have gone better for me whilst I’ve been up here, and I’ve really enjoyed it."

While Low admitted Friday's 0-0 draw against Morton wasn't pretty to watch, he was delighted Arbroath could retain their Championship status for another season.

He added: “On Friday night I do not really think it was about playing well, it was just about battling to get a result.

“There was a lot of long and second balls which didn’t really allow any players to stand out and it was just about getting the point we needed to stay up."