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Ryan Lloyd says he is more than happy to extend his stay with Chester FC until the end of the season.

The 22-year-old midfielder 's loan spell from League One side Port Vale runs out in the New Year, with the Blues having already opened dialogue with the Valiants over extending his stay.

Lloyd signed a new deal at Vale Park in the summer but wasn't part of the first-team plans at the start of the season, with Chester boss Jon McCarthy jumping at the chance to bring him back to the Lookers Vauxhall Stadium, where he made 22 league appearances during a temporary spell last season.

And Lloyd, who been in excellent form this campaign alongside a rejuvenated Tom Shaw, is hopeful that he can remain in blue and white stripes.

"Of course I'd be happy to stay," said Lloyd.

"I get on with all the lads and get on with the gaffer. It's just down to see what happens with (Port) Vale to see what I am going to do. We'll just have to wait and see.

"It is a good club to be at. If you are enjoying your football then you are going to be playing well."

Chester currently sit eighth in the Vanarama National League, just eight points off the play-off places after exceeding expectations thus far,

And Lloyd believes that the squad is capable of bridging the gap and remaining in touch with the play-off chasing group for the long haul.

"If we can turn a couple of draws into wins then we will be there or there abouts," said Lloyd, whose side host Aldershot Town on Saturday (3pm).

"Hopefully we can continue pushing forward and getting close to those teams who are above us."