MARTYN Waghorn has admitted his Millwall future could hinge on whether he gets the chance to play as a central striker.
Manager Steve Lomas told NewsAtDen last month that he wants to sign the Leicester City loanee on a permanent basis in the January transfer window.
Waghorn is settled in south London and enjoying being a regular in the Lions side – but he wants to play through the middle instead of out on the flanks.
In recent weeks, Lomas has used Waghorn on the right side of a three-pronged forward line.
And the former England U21 international said: "It is important that I play as a central striker and I wouldn't sign somewhere knowing that I was going to be played out of position, because that's not going to be beneficial for me in the long run.
"I came to play as many games as possible but unfortunately I am being played out wide, which is not my natural position and I am still learning to play there. Ideally I'd like to play up front but, with the formation that we're playing and the players that we've got, that seems to suit the team.
"Having said that, it is just as important that I go somewhere where I'm going to be playing regularly until the end of the season and for the next couple of years after that.
"I am at an important stage of my career so I need to be starting games and kicking on in my career. January is going to be a big month for me so I need to make the right decision."
The 23-year-old has been an instant hint with Millwall fans during the first two months of his loan spell, which ends after the trip to Blackburn Rovers on December 14.
But, as the Lions prepare to enter negotiations with the Foxes about a permanent deal, Waghorn insists his long-term future is still up in the air.
"I am keeping my options open," he said. "January is six weeks away so for the time being I'm focused on staying in the team and playing as much as I can. What happens in January will take care of itself when the time comes.
"I am just happy playing games and being involved in the team week in, week out. There's a good set of lads here and a togetherness in the squad. If and when the chance arrives to talk to Millwall about something permanent we'll take it from there, but nothing concrete has been mentioned to me as yet.
"I have got an apartment in Bromley and my son and girlfriend are both living with me. It's nice that I've got my family with me and it helps having them around when I come home from training, because my life isn't just about football. I can switch off with my family and it really makes a difference having them with me."