Liam Bridcutt hoping to extend loan stay with Leeds
Midfielder Liam Bridcutt has admitted it is time to "move on from Sunderland" as he waits on a possible return to Leeds this month.
Bridcutt joined Sunderland from Brighton two years ago when he was reunited with former Seagulls boss Gus Poyet in the north east, but he has not made a single appearance for the Barclays Premier League club this season.
The 26-year-old's loan deal at Elland Road ended after Saturday's 1-1 draw with MK Dons and he is hopeful he can rejoin Leeds and add to the eight appearances he has made for Steve Evans' side.
While he concedes that is likely to be on another loan agreement for the remainder of the campaign, Bridcutt would not be averse to a permanent switch either.
"Saturday was officially my last game but we're in the middle of sorting it out now," he told Leeds' official website. "I'm hoping to extend it until the end of the season.
"I want to extend it and Leeds want me here. It's just waiting on Sunderland now.
"For now, I think it would be an extension of the loan until the end of the season, but I'd be happy for a permanent move. I think it's about time for me to move on from Sunderland now and I'm ready for a new challenge.
"Game time is the most important thing for me. The manager has been brilliant with me, he's given me a great opportunity to come here and play. I'm happy and you can see in the way that I'm playing that I'm back to my normal self.
"The manager has shown me some great respect and he's given me some great opportunities to come in and do what I love doing."