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AS Elliott Frear’s time ticks away with the Conference South title contenders, he’s not rejecting a long-term future at the club, writes Joel Holt.

On loan from Exeter City, the skilful winger has glowed for Salisbury City since he arrived in October. Now the 22-year-old, whose third loan period expires in February, admits a permanent move to the Whites could be imminent.

“I want to get something sorted on a permanent basis at the club,” he said. “Hopefully the gaffer will be talking with Exeter soon. I want to get something done, but I need to hear what Exeter say and what they want to do with me first. My contract’s up at the end of the season and obviously I need to be in the shop window and I’d be more than happy to sign here, especially if they get promoted.”

“I’ve massively enjoyed my time at the club so far. I love playing here and Darrell Clarke’s given me the opportunity to play and I wasn’t really getting a game at Exeter City. At my age I need match play and I’m really enjoying it. The club’s got some lovely fans and they’ve been really supportive.”

Frear opened his account with a cheeky effort against Staines Town on Saturday, and he added it’s a great relief.

“It’s been on my mind for the past month to get my first goal for the club and it’s nice to get it out of the way," he added. "I came off just after half time with a slight injury, but hopefully I’ll be OK for Boreham Wood on Saturday.”

“I wanted to come here and hit the ground running and win games for the club. If I can score a few more goals and continue to help out, that will be good.”