YOUNG Derby County striker Callum Ball says he would like to stay with Torquay United when his current loan expires in two games' time.
Buoyed after breaking his Gulls' scoring 'duck' with two goals in last Saturday's 4-2 win over Cheltenham Town, Ball said: "I've got Newport away this Saturday and then York at home before my loan runs out.
"But I'd like to stay down here now that I've started scoring and, hopefully, see if we can have a really good season.
"I'm still a Derby player, of course, and a bit of me would like to go back and try and get in their team.
"But now that I've been here a while, I've settled in and I've found it a good team to play for."
Ball, who will be 21 on October 8, had to wait until his 10th match for United before scoring.
He paid tribute to strike partner Karl Hawley for keeping his confidence up during that spell.
"Karl has been around and he knows what it's like, but he's such a good player and he's kept talking to me all the time," he said.
"In fairness, all the experienced players here, people like (skipper) Lee Mansell, have been great with me, making sure I didn't get down.
"I always thought I would score goals, and I have had a bit of bad luck.
"Lean spells happen to the best strikers in the world – look at Torres at Chelsea last season.
"Sometimes you need a lucky goal to get you going, but for me the second one against Cheltenham was the lucky one for me.
"Last week in training we did a lot of work on attacking, getting in crosses and getting more people in the box.
"The first couple of sessions this week have been the same, so hopefully we can push on now.
"I'm really looking forward to Newport on Saturday."
Manager Alan Knill said: "Strikers can do a lot of good work for the team, but they are always judged by goals in the end, so I was delighted for Callum that he scored his two against Cheltenham. He's on a Youth loan at the moment, but that changes when he turns 21.
"His loan is up after York and there will be a decision to make, but we'll cross that bridge when we get there."