Jerry Yates has indicated that he is happy at Carlisle United and willing to extend his loan stay at Brunton Park if all parties agree.

The Rotherham forward, who scored his first league goal for the Blues this week, is on a six-month loan which is up at the turn of the year.

United, who are in FA Cup second round action at Lincoln tomorrow, have conceded that the future of several loanees is out of their hands as they await decisions from their parent clubs.

Yates, though, said he is enjoying life with the Cumbrians and, asked if he would consider remaining for the season, said: “I’m very happy here, playing regular football, so why not?

“I’ve got to speak to Rotherham and all the other parties – but I am very happy here.

“It’s still a bit early [for it to be resolved] but as long as I’m playing football, I’m not that bothered.”

Yates is one of four loan men whose deals are up this winter, the futures of Ashley Nadesan, Jack Sowerby and Adam Campbell also up for discussion.

Striker Nadesan will again be unavailable tomorrow with parent club Fleetwood unwilling to allow him to play for another club in the FA Cup.

Fleetwood manager Joey Barton has previously indicated Nadesan will return to the League One club in January. United, though, have not given up hope on retaining the frontman, who scored both goals when they drew 2-2 at Lincoln in the league last month.

All other loanees – including Regan Slater, on a season-long stay from Sheffield United – are free to play in tomorrow’s tie.

The Sincil Bank clash will see Carlisle bid to secure £54,000 prize money and a place in the potentially lucrative third round draw, when Premier League and Championship sides enter the competition.

Lincoln are second in League Two and have lost just once at home, but Yates said United will be well prepared having faced them so recently.

Yates said: “We know what to expect. They’re a very good team and we’ve got to go there fully ready for it, tactically and physically, 100 per cent.”

The 22-year-old admitted he was pleased to break his Blues league duck with a close-range 85th-minute header in Tuesday’s 1-1 draw at Notts County, but conceded he would have swapped it for three points.

“It was nice to get in there and get myself a goal, and it’s been a long time coming,” Yates said.

“It’s about time [I scored] and it put a smile on my face, but I would have preferred the three points.

“As long as we win I’m not really bothered about goals. We probably should have nicked it towards the end, but it wasn’t to be so we have to move on to Saturday.”

Yates also praised 17-year-old Cumbrian winger Liam McCarron whose cross set up the goal. “He has come on leaps and bounds and put a great ball in,” Yates said. “It was his first assist and he’s buzzing. It will have given him a lot of confidence and will do him the world of good.”

United are again likely to be without Danny Grainger and Tom Parkes, while Imps boss Danny Cowley must decide whether Lee Frecklington is ready to start having just returned from injury.

A 7,000-plus crowd is expected tomorrow. Cowley said: “We’ve already had one tough game against Carlisle this season and we’re expecting another one, so we need the supporters to turn out in force.”