James Husband departed Huddersfield Town with happy memories, 12 more games under his belt, and an open mind as to the future.
The 22-year-old left-back is under contract at Middlesbrough until 2018.
But he’s realistic enough to accept he has a big task to claim first-team football on Teesside, especially if promotion to the Premier League is sealed.
And at this stage, Town already have have two left-backs for next season in Jason Davidson and Chris Löwe.
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“Football can be a funny game, and we will see what happens,” said Husband, who joined Boro from Doncaster Rovers in 2014.
“It is going to be an important summer for me, and I am open to all possibilities.”
The Leeds-based player, who was loaned to Fulham earlier this season, had to go back to Boro because he had reached the maximum 93 days of emergency loans.
“I was done a little bit by the timing of the various loans to Town, and I would like to have seen the season out,” he added.
“I really enjoyed my time at the club, and I can’t thank the manager, players and staff enough because they were great with me.
“I learned an awful lot, because it was a different style of football for me, and I firmly believe I have become a better player.”
While unsure of his own future, Husband reckons Town’s is bright.
“The club can push forward, one hundred per cent.
“They are close to where the boss wants to be, you can see that.
“With some signings and fine tuning, they’ll get there.”