Mitch Curry insists parent club Middlesbrough hold the key to his loan spell with Caley Thistle being extended beyond January.
Englishman Curry, pictured below, joined Inverness on a temporary six-month deal during the summer, but spent three months on the sidelines after damaging ankle ligaments in a Betfred Cup loss to Dundee in July.
Having netted twice in five matches since making his comeback in a 3-0 Challenge Cup win over Alloa last month, Curry is determined to make an impression with the possibility of extending his loan stint holding appeal for the 20-year-old.
Curry said: “I still have plenty of time to get more goals and appearances.
“The decision will fall to Boro, but I’m loving my time here. If it is the right move at the right time, I’d be happy to stay.”
The striker, who has previously spent time on loan with Harrogate Town, suffered a spate of injuries during his formative years with Boro.
Curry feels returning to the Riverside for his rehabilitation earlier this season made the process more difficult, adding: “I’ve had so many injuries over the years – elbow, shoulder, ankles twice – I’ve become resilient and used to that side of it.
“Mentally, more than physically, it can be hard.
“My thoughts were about this club and I wanted to keep myself in the picture because it can be a case of out of sight, out of mind.”
Inverness are aiming to return to winning ways when they make the trip to Arbroath in the Championship on Saturday following last weekend’s 3-0 loss to Dundee United.
The result leaves Caley Jags seven points adrift of Robbie Neilson’s table-toppers, and Curry knows the head-to-head duels could be important in determining the destination of the title.
He added: “The boss has said how we’d fallen short in the past couple of years against St Mirren and Ross County. We need to change that trend next time we play against the big boys.”